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August 12, 2014
13:43 EDTM, JCP, MSOEarnings Preview: Analyst sees Macy's lowering EPS, SSS guidance for FY14
Macy's (M) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Wednesday, August 13, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Macy's is a retailer that sell a range of merchandise, including apparel and accessories, cosmetics, home furnishings and other consumer goods. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 86c on revenue of $6.3B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 79c-89c on revenue of $6.2B-$6.38B. LAST QUARTER: Macy's reported first quarter EPS of 60c, against estimates for 59c, on revenue of $6.28B, against estimates for $6.46B. Same-store sales in the quarter were down 1.6% for the quarter. Macy's backed its fiscal year 2014 EPS guidance of $4.40-$4.50. The consensus for FY14 EPS is $4.47. The company, which announced a 25% increase to its dividend and a $1.5B increase to its share repurchase authorization, forecast FY14 SSS growth of 2.5%-3%. NEWS: On its last earnings conference call, Macy's forecast margins for the full year "flattish" to down slightly, and said that underlying consumer demand was strong enough to enable the company to achieve annual guidance. During the quarter, J.C. Penney (JCP) appealed a New York state court decision that ruled the company interfered with a contract between Macy's and Martha Stewart (MSO) by selling the celebrity's home products. STREET RESEARCH: Morgan Stanley added Macy's to the Best Ideas List citing consistent execution, leading free-cash-flow yield, strong management and strategies, and superior omni-channel capabilities. Deutsche Bank believes Macy's FY14 same-store-sales guidance of up 2.5%-3% is likely to be revised lower and its earnings outlook of $4.40-$4.50 could be cut by 5c-10c given the shortfall in Q1 and the promotional environment. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Macy's shares are up almost 5%. The stock is trading down fractionally to $60.09 ahead of tomorrow's report.
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September 15, 2014
11:51 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; TWTR JCP
Twitter (TWTR) November 57.50 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 54, J.C. Penney (JCP) October 12 call option implied volatility increased 8% to 52 according to IVolatility.
08:32 EDTMMacy's, Bloomingdales to launch same-day delivery in fall 2014
Macy’s (M) outlined its latest advancements in omnichannel strategy and technology as the company continues to add new dimensions for attracting shoppers and serving the needs of individual customers. Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s will help launch Apple (AAPL) Pay, same-day delivery to be piloted in fall 2014, new POS technology and customer service enhancements in testing, new apps, web functionality and mobile wallet launched, and its RFID is being expanded to fashion categories.
September 12, 2014
07:44 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility low into company hosted analyst day
J.C. Penney September call option implied volatility is at 40, October is at 42, November is at 45, January and February is at 41; compared to its 26-week average of 53 according to Track Data suggesting decreasing price movement into a company hosted analyst day event on October 8.
September 11, 2014
10:00 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:18 EDTMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: lululemon (LULU), up 15%... Sigma Designs (SIGM), up 7%. ALSO HIGHER: JDSU (JDSU), up 13.8% after announcing that it will separate into two publicly traded companies... Wet Seal (WTSL), up 4.5%, upgraded at B. Riley following Q2 earnings results... Gogo (GOGO), up 5% after announcing partnership with T-Mobile (TMUS)... Digital Ally (DGLY), up 8.4% after announcing plans to introduce "bullet camera" option at October police conference. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Restoration Hardware (RH), down 5%... Five Below (FIVE), down 5.6%. LOWER: Radio Shack (RSH), down 8% after reporting Q2 losses, stating that it may need to pursue bankruptcy... E2open (EOPN), down 29%, downgraded at Pacific Crest and Northland after the company announced preliminary Q2 earnings results... Twitter (TWTR), down 1% after announcing that it will offer $1.3B in convertible unsecured senior notes... Crocs (CROX), down 2.6% after downgraded at Buckingham... Macy's (M), down 1.3% after downgraded at Sterne Agee.
08:19 EDTMMacy's downgraded at Sterne Agee
As noted earlier, Sterne Agee downgraded Macy's to Neutral from Buy. As reasons for the downgrade, the firm cited valuation and its belief that the company's SSS and EBIT growth are unlikely to accelerate. Target $62.
06:05 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee
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September 10, 2014
11:43 EDTJCPLand's End soars after better than expected Q2 results
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September 9, 2014
14:54 EDTMApple announces Apple Pay
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07:16 EDTJCPSterne Agee to hold a field trip
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September 8, 2014
11:15 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility at 27-month low
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