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May 22, 2014
10:55 EDTBONT, M, JCP, SHLDSears falls after reporting Q1 loss that nearly doubled analyst projections
Shares of U.S. and Canadian retailer Sears (SHLD) are falling today after the company reported a first quarter loss that was nearly double what analysts projected in both the U.S and Canada. WHAT'S NEW: Sears reported a Q1 loss per share of $3.79, which far surpassed analysts expectations of a loss per share of $1.87. The company reported Q1 revenue of $7.88B, which slightly beat analysts expectations of $7.71B. The company reported Sears Domestic comparable sales growth of 0.2% in the quarter, despite the continuing impact of consumer electronics industry trends. Kmart comparable store sales, excluding the impact of consumer electronics industry trends and the company's grocery and household goods business were down 0.4%. CEO Edward Lampert said that the company is undergoing a "significant transformation and fundamentally it is changing the way it does business. Our performance in Q1 highlights the challenges we are facing as well as the progress we are making in this transformation. We are moving away from a company that was heavily based on selling products solely through a store-based network to a member-centric business model focused on providing benefits to our members anytime and anyplace. We are seeing progress in our transformation to a member-centric, integrated retailer, as we continue to invest heavily in driving our Shop Your Way program. While this progress continued, the biggest negative contributor to sales has been from our consumer electronics business at both Sears and Kmart." The company noted that it continues to evaluate options to separate the Sears Auto Center business. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yesterday, Sears Canada, which Sears Holdings owns a 51% stake in, reported a Q1 net loss that more than doubled year-over-year. OTHER NEWS: During the company's earnings conference calls, Sears Holdings said that it is planning to transform its consumer electronics business from a business that was focused primarily on selling televisions to a business focused on providing Connected Life solutions. The company noted that it is currently rolling out the concept to select stores. OTHERS TO WATCH: Competitors of Sears include Macy's (M), Bon-Ton Stores (BONT) and J.C. Penney (JCP). PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, shares of Sears fell $1.45 or $3.97% to $35.11. Macy's was up 1%, Bon-Ton Stores rose 2.16% and J.C. Penney rose 2%.
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December 19, 2014
09:37 EDTJCPActive equity options trading
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09:20 EDTMMacy's sales soft through mid-December, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research said Macy's sales are tracking in the range of +1% to +2% through mid-December, vs. consensus of +2.2%. The firm said soft customer traffic trends remain the primary headwind for the quarter. Shares are Buy rated.
December 17, 2014
08:24 EDTSHLDSears 'strategic misdirection' highlighted by Mygofer failure, WSJ says
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December 16, 2014
10:41 EDTMMacy's initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
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December 15, 2014
11:17 EDTSHLDSears to have about 1,700 Sears, Kmart stores in operation going into 2015
On a company blog post, Sears CEO Eddie Lampert said: "At our most recent Town Hall meeting with our associates, I explained that I want us to operate our stores both profitably and with excellence. Both, not just one or the other.This is the background behind our decision to close more than 200 Kmart and Sears stores in 2014. Most of these stores were losing money, some for a long time. Because of the impact on our dedicated associates and our Shop Your Way members, these decisions were not taken lightly, or without our working to improve the performance of these stores over many years. Going into 2015, we will have approximately 1,700 Sears and Kmart big box stores in operation, representing about 200 million square feet of space." Reference Link
09:38 EDTJCPActive equity options trading
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December 9, 2014
10:23 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:14 EDTMMacy's downgraded at Atlantic Equities
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08:06 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities
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December 5, 2014
11:04 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP UNG
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08:57 EDTSHLDSears risk/reward remains quite negative, says Evercore ISI
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05:55 EDTJCPStocks with implied volatility movement; UTX JCP
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