Macy's says environment has been very promotional Still sees FY14 SSS up 2%-3%. Says weather making it challenging to figure out "what's going on" with consumer, says consumer not "overwhelmingly excited" about spending. Says will continue to close stores that are no longer cash positive, stores "that aren't worth investing in," says will open a few new full-line stores this year. Says $1.1M in capital spending "feels like the right number." Comments made at the Telsey Advisory Group Spring Consumer Conference.
J.C. Penney downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS UBS downgraded its rating on J.C. Penney (JCP) shares to Sell saying the company's 2017 EBITDA target of $1.2B is overly optimistic as it assumes years of market share gains against strong competitors like Macy's (M) and Kohl's (KSS). UBS halved its price target for Penney shares to $5 from $10. The retailer's stock closed Friday down 52c to $7.12.