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August 13, 2014
11:46 EDTJWN, JCP, MMacy's shares trading lower as Q2 results fall short of expectations
Shares of Macy's (M), a retailer that sells a range of merchandise, including apparel, accessories and home furnishings, are lower after the company's second earnings missed analysts' expectations. WHAT'S NEW: The company reported Q2 earnings per share 80c on revenue of $6.23B, falling short of analysts' estimates of 86c and $6.3B, respectively. Comparable sales were up 3.4% for the quarter and comparable sales together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties were up 4%. Chief Executive Officer Terry Lundgren noted that even with an improved sales trend in Q2, the company could not make up its sales shortfall from the first quarter. Looking ahead, Macy's reaffirmed its fiscal year 2014 EPS view of $4.40-$4.50 against estimates of $4.47, but cut its FY14 SSS view to 1.5%-2% from 2.5%-3%. Second half same store sales are expected to be up 2%-3%, and the company said expectations for the second half of the year are "on track." Lundgren said the company is approaching 2H with "confident optimism." WHAT'S NOTABLE: On the company's earnings conference call, Macy's Chief Financial Officer Karen Hoguet said the retail expects third quarter SSS to be lower than fourth quarter, adding that it "feels good" about the back half of the year. Macy's said that it sees fall season EPS, or the combined EPS for Q3 and Q4, of $3.04-$3.14 and expects total sales for the second half of the year to be about 30 basis points lower than comp growth. Macy's sees gross margins flat to down slightly for the year and fall season. ANALYST OPINION: This morning, UBS analysts said the Q2 miss could signal Macy's have been unable to generate incremental margin support from brands into increasingly promotional sales trends. Morgan Stanley analysts, meanwhile, believes the Q2 miss and the pullback in shares will be temporary and it presents a buying opportunity. The firm expects more margin misses over the next few weeks due to the promotional environment and remains convinced that Macy's key strategies are still in the early stages of delivering results. PRICE ACTION: In late-morning trading, shares of Macy's dropped $2.89, or 4.84%, to $56.88. OTHERS TO WATCH: J.C. Penney (JCP), which reports earnings tomorrow, is down 2.15%. Nordstrom (JWN), which also reports earnings tomorrow, is relatively flat.
News For M;JCP;JWN From The Last 14 Days
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November 30, 2015
14:19 EDTM, JCPMastercard: Online up, department stores flat over Thanksgiving, Reuters reports
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14:16 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney testing Apple Pay support for store cards, MacRumors says
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11:14 EDTMStocks with call strike movement; AMZN M (AMZN) February 780 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 34, Macy's (M) February 46 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 34 according to iVolatility.
06:39 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney CEO: Retailer 'off to a great start' on Thanksgiving, WWD reports
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November 27, 2015
10:51 EDTMOptions with increasing volume; OLED BURL CLVS M ACAS WBA NTES
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08:26 EDTMAdobe says U.S. e-commerce sales surged on Thanksgiving, Bloomberg reports
Adobe Systems estimated that online shoppers in the U.S. spent $1.1B by 5 pm ET on Thanksgiving and projected that $1.7B would be spent in online shopping by day's end, a 22% jump from last year, reported Bloomberg. Major e-commerce players that may benefit from the surge in spending include (AMZN) and eBay (EBAY), while companies with omnichannel presences including e-commerce and brick-and-mortar locations include Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Best Buy (BBY) and Macy's (M). Reference Link
November 24, 2015
06:20 EDTJCP, JWNRetailers hunt for new breaches after warning on malware, Reuters says
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November 22, 2015
13:42 EDTMMacy's shares look too cheap to ignore, Barron's says
Shares of Macy's look inexpensive, and long-term investors could realize double-digit annual returns as the company "gets back on track" over the next 12-18 months, Barron's contends in a 'Trader Extra' column. Reference Link
November 20, 2015
19:01 EDTMMacy's management to meet with JPMorgan
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November 19, 2015
10:25 EDTJWNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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05:22 EDTJWNStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; JWN FOSL
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Nordstrom (JWN) 29, Fossil (FOSL) 48 according to iVolatility.
November 18, 2015
10:10 EDTJWNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:08 EDTM, JWNTJX benefitting from off-price retail market growth, WSJ says
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November 17, 2015
10:13 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney management to meet with Buckingham
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10:11 EDTMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:45 EDTJWNNordstrom price target lowered to $63 from $82 at UBS
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November 16, 2015
16:43 EDTMGreenlight Capital added Apple, sold some SunEdison
Greenlight Capital gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: CNX Coal Resources (CNXC), Garmin (GRMN), Terraform Global (GLBL), and Liberty Global (LILA). INCREASED STAKES: Apple (AAPL), Michael Kors (KORS), Dillard's (DDS), UIL Holdings (UIL), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Micron (MU), Voya (VOYA), Applied Materials (AMAT), and SunEdison Semiconductor (SEMI). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Citizens Financial (CFG), Lam Research (LRCX), Spirit AeroSystems (SPR), Hertz (HTZ), and Macy's (M).
16:29 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney announces plans to retire $500M asset-based term loan
J. C. Penney Company announced that it has received $500M of incremental bank commitments to increase the size of the Revolving Line of Credit under its existing Senior Secured Asset-Based Credit Facility to $2.35B from $1.85B. In connection with upsizing the revolving credit facility, the Company also intends to prepay and retire the outstanding principal amount of its $500M Term Loan previously issued under the ABL, which is scheduled to mature in June 2019. The Company expects to close these transactions in December.The Company expects that retirement of the ABL Term Loan will reduce interest expense by approximately $20M annually, beginning in 2016. The $2.35B ABL revolving line of credit, which will also mature in June 2019, will remain available for seasonal working capital needs and general corporate purposes. Marvin Ellison, chief executive officer, said, "We proactively pursued this transaction to reduce our long-term debt and ongoing interest expense and to further enhance our financial flexibility while maintaining our strong liquidity position as we continue to make progress on our goal of $1.2B in EBITDA by 2017."
11:35 EDTJWN, JCP, MDillard's sinks to 52-week low after joining chorus of 'disappointed' retailers
Shares of Dillard's (DDS), a retailer of fashion apparel, cosmetics and home furnishing, are falling to their worst level in a year after the company became the latest in its industry to report lower than expected third quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Dillard's reported Q3 earnings per share of $1.19 and revenue of $1.435B, narrowly missing analysts' consensus estimates of $1.20 and $1.49B, respectively. Same-store sales for the quarter fell 4%. Total merchandise sales decreased 3% for the 13-week period ended October 31. Weaker performing categories were men's apparel and accessories and ladies' accessories and lingerie with notable weakness in home and furniture the company explained. Dillard's Chief Executive Officer, William T. Dillard, II, stated, "We are disappointed with our third quarter sales performance and in the resulting decline in profit. Share buyback remained a high priority, and we repurchased $175 million of stock under our share repurchase program." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Gross margin from retail operations improved 11 basis points of sales for the 13 weeks ended October 31 compared to the prior year third quarter. Consolidated gross margin for the 13 weeks ended October 31 declined 30 basis points of sales compared to the prior year third quarter. The disparity between retail and consolidated gross margin performance is attributable to increased revenue at CDI, which is a substantially lower margin business. Inventory increased 6% at October 31 compared to November 1, 2014. For FY15, the company expects capital expenditures of $150M. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Dillard's fell $5.81, or 7.5%, to $71.79 on more than three times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $68.05. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost about 36% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other apparel, cosmetics and home furnishing retailers include Macy's (M), Kohl's (KSS), JC Penny (JCP), Sears (SHLD) and Nordstrom (JWN).
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