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March 5, 2012
08:49 EDTRL, LIZ, COLM, WRC, HBI, GIL, UA, PVH, KORS, VFC, GPSIndian cotton export ban likely to decrease supply, increase prices, WSJ says
India, the world's second-largest cotton exporter after the U.S., suddenly and without explanation banned cotton exports until further notice, which will likely tighten global supply and drive higher international prices, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
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August 27, 2014
11:32 EDTKORSTiffany shines brighter as results beat expectations, company raises outlook
Shares of luxury retailer Tiffany (TIF) are moving higher after the company reported significantly stronger than expected second quarter results and raised its fiscal year 2015 earnings per share view. WHAT'S NEW: Tiffany's reported Q2 EPS of 96c on revenue of $993M, beating analysts' consensus estimates of 85c and $987.88M, respectively. Worldwide net sales increased 7% in Q2 and comparable store sales increased 3% in Q2 mainly due to growth in the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions. Looking ahead, the retailer increased its FY15 EPS view to $4.20-$4.30 from its previous view of $4.15-$4.25, which is in-line with analysts' $4.29 consensus. Tiffany anticipates worldwide net sales increasing by a high-single digit range and sees worldwide net sales increasing by a high-single-digit percentage for the year. The company also sees FY free cahs flow of at least $400M as well as capital expenditures of $270M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During its conference call discussing the quarter, Tiffany said that it sees a "healthy" increase in its full-year operating margin. The luxury company noted that it experienced continued softness in its U.S. silver sales during Q2 as well as softness in U.S. entry-level sales under $500. In its Japan division, the retailer foresees returning to single-digit sales growth, but noted that the unit has not experienced that so far in the first few weeks of this month. In Europe, the retailer said it is "still feeling" the effect of economic and currency related obstacles. Tiffany sees opening 10 stores throughout the rest of the year, which is lower than its original plan of opening 13, and plans to close three stores this year compared to its original target of closing four. Tiffany also sees a double-digit percentage marketing spend increase in the second-half of this year. ANALYST REACTION: Sterne Agee analyst Ike Boruchow said that as Tiffany continues to surpass expectations in its earnings reports, fashion jewelry in general is growing again and the company's latest "T" collection should quicken that category further. He feels that regardless of the few headwinds in Japan and Europe, the luxury company is still one of the most stable retail firms. Boruchow believes that the CEO transition from Michael Kowalski to Frederic Cumenal is likely to be a "smooth" one in March. The analyst keeps the stock at a Buy rating with a $100.77 price target. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other high end retailers include Signet Jewelers (SIG), Blue Nile (NILE), Nordstrom (JWN), Michael Kors (KORS), and Coach (COH). PRICE ACTION: During late-morning trading, Tiffany rose $1.32 or 1.31%, to $102.09.
August 26, 2014
09:01 EDTCOLMColumbia Sportswear announces multi-year apparel partnership with Dallas Cowboys
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August 22, 2014
12:20 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:08 EDTGPSGap hits 52-week high following beat and raise quarter
Shares of specialty apparel retailer The Gap (GPS) are advancing after the company posted better than expected second quarter results, and raised its fiscal 2014 profit outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Gap reported Q2 earnings per share of 75c and revenue of $3.98B, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 69c and $3.96B, respectively. Q2 same store sales were flat versus the prior year period. WHAT’S NOTABLE: For FY14, Gap raised its EPS view to $2.95-$3.00 from $2.90-$2.95, versus consensus of $2.95. The company updated its guidance for FY14 diluted EPS to reflect the 5c related to the gain on asset sale. For FY14, the company continues to expect capital spending to be approximately $750M in support of its outlined strategies. Gap also announced it will enter India through franchise-operated Gap brand stores in 2015. Gap is partnering with Arvind Lifestyle Brand Limited, a subsidiary of Arvind Limited, which is one of India’s largest textile companies. The first stores are expected to open in India’s two largest cities – Mumbai and Delhi – starting with Gap’s Summer 2015 collection for adults, kids and babies. The brand plans to open about 40 franchise-operated Gap stores in India. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was decidedly positive. Research firm Janney Capital upgraded Gap to Buy from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on the overall improving Softlines sector due to an inventory correction, Old Navy strength, global opportunities, potential improved gross margin returns on inventory investment, and best-in-class management. Their price target on the shares is $51. Another firm, UBS, said Gap is well positioned for second half upside citing its Omni-channel advantage, shift to higher margin businesses, increased square footage, and modestly positive comps driven by ecommerce. UBS has a Buy rating and a $50 price target on the stock. Sterne Agee says Gap’s valuation is very attractive. The firm believes that Gap's fundamentals are improving, while the setup for the stock over the next 12-18 months is favorable. It adds that the company's gross margins should be boosted by several factors going forward, and it kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Gap rose $2.04, or 4.7%, to $45.22 on heavy trading volume. Earlier in the session, it reached a new 52-week high of $45.47. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained over 7.5% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other specialty apparel companies include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), Guess (GES), and The Buckle (BKE).
10:19 EDTGPSGap hits a fresh 52-week high, levels to watch
Following an earnings beat last night after the close, the shares have traded to a fresh 52-week high at $45.46. That move may presage a climb to the life highs in the higher $40s. Next resistance above the new high is at $46.18. Support is at $44.68.
10:01 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:07 EDTGPSGap valuation very attractive, says Sterne Agee
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09:05 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: GameStop (GME), up 7.1%... Foot Locker (FL), up 3%... Qunar (QUNR), up 6.9%... The Fresh Market (TFM), up 6.5%... Ross Stores (ROST), up 3.8%. ALSO HIGHER: El Pollo Loco (LOCO), up 5.3% after signing franchisee to 20 unit expansion agreement in Texas... Gap (GPS), up 2.8% after upgraded at Janney Capital following Q2 results above analyst estimates and announcing plans to open the first franchise-operated Gap stores in India in 2015. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Aeropostale (ARO), down 8%... Ann Inc (ANN), down 2.7%. ALSO LOWER: Ampio (AMPE), down 4.4% after downgraded at Jefferies...
07:38 EDTGPSGap well positioned for upside, says UBS
UBS said Gap is well positioned for second half upside citing its Omni-channel advantage, shift to higher margin businesses, increased square footage, and modestly positive cops driven by ecommerce. Shares of Gap are Buy rated with a $50 price target.
07:16 EDTGPSGap upgraded at Janney Capital
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06:20 EDTGPSGap upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital
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August 21, 2014
18:22 EDTGPSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:06 EDTGPSGap announces plans to open first franchise-operated Gap stores in India in 2015
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16:05 EDTGPSGap raises FY14 EPS view to $2.95-$3.00, consensus $2.95
The company updated its guidance forFY14 diluted EPS to be in the range of $2.95-$3.00, to reflect the 5c related to the gain on asset sale. For FY14, the company continues to expect capital spending to be approximately $750M in support of its outlined strategies.
16:01 EDTGPSGap reports Q2 EPS 75c, consensus 69c
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15:15 EDTGPSNotable companies reporting after market close
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11:24 EDTUAUnder Armour offered Durant $265M-$285M contract, ESPN reports
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August 19, 2014
08:03 EDTHBI, GILCarter's has favorable risk/reward, says Goldman
Goldman said cotton prices are at a 5-year low and basic apparel companies Carter's (CRI) which is Buy rated, Gildan (GIL), and HanesBrands (HBI), both Neutral rated, are the most leveraged to the lower prices. The firm believes Carter's offers the best exposure to lower cotton prices and notes leadership in kids apparel and branding offering.
August 18, 2014
09:58 EDTCOLMColumbia Sportswear upgraded at BofA/Merrill
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09:39 EDTCOLMColumbia Sportswear upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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