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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.
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September 1, 2015
10:59 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP HAL
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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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10:48 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rises after analyst upgrades stock, calls company 'self-help story'
Shares of retailer J.C. Penney (JCP) saw a boost in morning trading after an analyst from Deutsche Bank upgraded his rating on the company's shares, remarking on the company as a "self-help story." WHAT'S NEW: Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Trussell this morning upgraded J.C. Penney to Buy from Hold. Trussell also upgraded his price target to $12 from $10, noting that the company has already improved its merchandise mix and is now moving toward better pricing and fewer markdowns. Trussell said that the company's target of mid-single digit same-store sales growth looks "achievable" and its brands and assortment "look right." The analyst added that Marvin Ellison, the company's chief executive officer, is "driving the next step" to "bring JCP up the curve in pricing and markdown optimization, supply chain, leveraging IT and reducing corporate redundancies." Trussell, who also said he views the company as a "self-help story with multiple levers to pull," maintained "slightly" conservative estimates given the challenging competitive environment, but sees meaningful upside to the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other analysts have been relatively bullish on J.C. Penney shares in recent weeks after the company reported better than expected results for the second quarter on August 14. At that time, J.C. Penney reported a loss per share of 45c on revenue of $2.88B and said it expects to be free cash flow breakeven in fiscal year 2015. Additionally, the retailer backed its FY15 SSS view of up 4%-5% and said on its earnings conference call that it expects third quarter SSS to grow sequentially from Q2. J.C. Penney also expressed "confidence" in its ability to meet its $1.2B EBITDA target by 2017. On August 17, Piper Jaffray analyst Neely Tamminga raised her price on the company's shares to $17 from $15. Tamminga said that the company showed the ability for the second straight quarter to reach EBITDA targets regardless of top-line performance. The Piper analyst said she continues to rate the company a top pick for 2015. The same day, B. Riley analyst Jeff Van Sinderen initiated coverage of J.C. Penney with a Buy rating and a $12.50 price target, saying he views Penney as a "speculative turnaround" story and believes the company's "substantial" real estate assets partially offset its heavy debt load. The Fly notes that CEO Marvin Ellison will be speaking at Goldman Sachs 22nd Annual Global Retailing Conference on September 9. PRICE ACTION: J.C. Penney shares are up 3.24% to $9.23 in morning trading.
10:01 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: 58.com (WUBA) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... AU Optronics (AUO) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Bernstein... Asbury Automotive (ABG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... Astec (ASTE) upgraded on upcoming catalysts at Stifel... Baidu (BIDU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Bob Evans (BOBE) upgraded to Sector Weight from Underweight at KeyBanc... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Dover (DOV) upgraded on valuation, headwinds bottom at Bernstein... Envestnet (ENV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Generac (GNRC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Gold Fields (GFI) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Scotia Howard Weil... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Leggett & Platt (LEG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Morgan Stanley (MS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Newmont Mining (NEM) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... Pan American Silver (PAAS) upgraded to Outperform at Scotia Howard Weil... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Summit Research... Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Telefonica Brasil (VIV) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Tenet (THC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... UIL Holdings (UIL) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Argus... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman.
09:48 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney tests recent range highs
The shares are bucking the broader market trend and heading higher, last up over 1.8% to $9.10. The next level of major resistance would be at $9.42, a high that has not been met since April. Support is at $9.03. A breakout above $9.42 would break the stock out of a long base, which would be technically bullish for future price.
09:24 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:54 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Trussell upgraded J.C. Penney to Buy and raised his price target for shares to $12 from $10. The retailer closed Friday up 47c to $8.94. Penny's target of mid-single-digit same-store-sales growth looks achievable while the company's brands and assortment look right, Trussell tells investors in a research note. Further, new CEO Marvin Ellison is bringing Penny "up the curve" in pricing and markdown optimization while reducing corporate redundancies, the analyst writes. He views the company as a "self-help story with multiple levers to pull."
August 28, 2015
07:12 EDTJWNWilliam Blair names 21 stocks best positioned for volatile markets
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06:03 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney implied volatility of 48 at lower end of index mean range
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 20, 2015
19:53 EDTJCPRetailers, others question heightened fees at Port of Oakland, WSJ says
After the Port of Oakland said it is considering implementing additional fees, the Retail Industry Leaders Association told the Federal Maritime Commission that it is "troubled" due to the lack of details regarding the fees, according to the Wall Street Journal. The retailer group also questioned the general effectiveness of such a program, and the Agriculture Transportation Coalition echoed the criticism, said the report. Note that executives from Lowe's (LOW), Best Buy (BBY), Target (TGT), Coca-Cola (KO), J.C. Penney (JCP), Tyson Foods (TSN), SunOpta (STKL), and Whole Foods (WFM) serve on the boards of the aforementioned associations. Reference Link
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August 19, 2015
13:23 EDTJCPOptions with increasing call volume
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