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June 12, 2014
11:50 EDTVFC, GPS, M, LULUlululemon plummets to 52-week low after outlook cut, CFO retires
Shares of athletic apparel retailer lululemon (LULU) are sinking after the company's second quarter view missed analysts' consensus estimates and it lowered its fiscal 2014 outlook. The company's CFO, John Currie, also announced his retirement. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, lululemon reported Q1 adjusted earnings per share of 34c and revenue of $384.6M, topping estimates of 32c and $381.24M, respectively. Q1 SSS on a combined basis increased 1% on a constant dollar basis. Comparable corporate-store sales for Q1 decreased by 4% on a constant dollar basis and direct to consumer revenue increased 25% on a constant dollar basis. For Q2, the company forecast EPS of 28c-30c and revenue of $375M-$380M, falling short of consensus of 36c and $387.19M, respectively. The company lowered its FY14 normalized EPS view to $1.71-$1.76 from $1.80-$1.90, compared to consensus of $1.89. It also narrowed its FY14 revenue guidance to $1.77B-$1.8B from $1.77B-$1.82B, versus consensus of $1.8B. The company's CFO, John Currie, also announced his intention to retire by the end of the fiscal year. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its earnings conference call, the company said Q2 sales have started off behind plan and that comps have been "more impacted than originally anticipated." ANALYST REACTION: Following the company's quarterly report, the stock was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair and was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel. OTHERS TO WATCH: lululemon has been facing increased competition from rival yoga-wear retailers and department stores such as Gap's (GPS) Athleta brand, VF Corp's (VFC) lucy, Macy's (M), and others who are selling athletic-wear at lower prices and across more locations, according to a Reuters report. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, lululemon fell about 15% to $37.87 on nearly six times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $37.00. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 41% over the past 12 months.
News For LULU;GPS;VFC;M From The Last 14 Days
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September 3, 2015
16:05 EDTGPSGap reports August SSS down 2%
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08:38 EDTLULULululemon September weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Lululemon 9/11/15 weekly call option implied volatility is at 76, September is at 64, October is at 49; compared to its 52-week range of 25 to 63, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on September 10.
07:39 EDTLULUlululemon added to Best Ideas List at Wedbush
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September 2, 2015
08:02 EDTLULUlululemon checks positive, says Bernstein
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08:00 EDTMMacy's debuts Macy's Backstage off-price retail brand
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06:22 EDTLULUNew Balance to enter 'athleisure' sector, Business Insider reports
New Balance is launching a new "athleisure" line and is planning to mail a catalog to more than 1M U.S. women, Business Insider reports, citing comments from Norma Delaney, head of global marketing for NB Women. The line will compete with offerings from Lululemon (LULU), Under Armour (UA), Victoria's Secret (LB) and Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS). Reference Link
September 1, 2015
07:04 EDTMThe Children's Place names Marla Malcolm Beck to board
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August 31, 2015
11:07 EDTMMacy's announces collaboration with Nineteenth Amendment
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August 28, 2015
07:12 EDTLULUWilliam Blair names 21 stocks best positioned for volatile markets
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August 27, 2015
07:56 EDTLULULululemon September weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Lululemon 9/11/15 weekly call option implied volatility is at 66, September is at 61, October is at 48; compared to its 52-week range of 25 to 63, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on September 10.
07:52 EDTLULUBarclays would be a buyer of lululemon into the Q2 report
Barclays analyst Matt McClintock believes lululemon will report meaningful upside to his 7.7% total comp estimate when it reports Q2 earnings on September 10. Channel checks suggest a strong consumer response to new tops introduced in Q2 with stock outs above 50%, promising Google search activity, and momentum in men's. McClintock believes his earnings estimates will prove conservative and is a buyer into the report. Barclays' rates lululemon an Overweight with an $85 price target on shares.
August 26, 2015
20:03 EDTGPSGap to stop on-call shifts by late September
In a company blog post published Wednesday, Gap announced a commitment to eliminate the use of on-call shifts across the organization. The work began earlier in the summer, said the company, and all five brands have aligned on a complete phase-out of this practice by the end of September. Additionally, each of Gap's brands has committed to improving scheduling policies to provide store employees with at least 10-14 days notice. The majority of brands will be rolling out these new policies in September, and all Gap brands are committed to phasing in advanced schedules by early 2016. Reference Link
August 25, 2015
09:59 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:46 EDTMMacy's upgraded on valuation at Deutsche Bank
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06:21 EDTMMacy's upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank
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August 24, 2015
10:24 EDTMMacy's initiated with a Buy at Standpoint Research
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09:49 EDTMFitbit being sold at Macy's seen as near-term catalyst
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07:27 EDTMFitbit entry at Macy's a significant near-term catalyst, says Piper Jaffray
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August 21, 2015
07:37 EDTVFCVF Corp. on track for strongest growth in three years, says UBS
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