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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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April 24, 2015
15:10 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney May volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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April 23, 2015
14:36 EDTMMacy's CEO says sees more discretionary spending in the future
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April 22, 2015
10:02 EDTMMacy's partners with Heidi Klum for exclusive collection
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April 15, 2015
11:09 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rally would be opportunity to issue shares, says Imperial Capital
Imperial Capital continues to expect elevated debt levels to erode the value of J.C. Penney shares, but it thinks favorable operating momentum could drive the stock price above $10. Imperial believes such a rally would provide Penny with a "great opportunity" to issue additional shares to pay down debt. The firm keeps an Underperform rating on Penny with a $3 price target. Shares of the retailer are up 9c to $9.23 in late morning trading.
April 14, 2015
11:47 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney business on 'more stable footing,' says Baird
Baird analyst Mark Altschwager says J.C. Penney's business is on "more stable footing" after the retailer reported a quarter-to-date comp of 6% and provided Q1 comp guidance above consensus. Altschwager raised his price target for shares to $10 from $9 but keeps a Neutral rating on Penny. He believes meaningful free cash flow growth will be challenging as investment needs normalize.
08:55 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees Q1 SSS up 3.5%-4.5%
J.C. Penney said in a regulatory filing that on April 13, the company became aware that a senior official of the company inadvertently sent an e-mail communication to a securities analyst that contained non-public information regarding the company’s comparable store sales results for Q1 to date, which are approximately 6%. Based on results to date, and taking into account the shift of Easter into the fiscal month of March this year, the company currently expects comparable store sales for Q1 to be in the range of 3.5%-4.5%.

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