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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%.
News For SHLD;M;BONT;JCP From The Last 14 Days
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April 16, 2015
07:11 EDTSHLDSears may need to contibute more money into pension plan, WSJ reports
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April 15, 2015
11:09 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rally would be opportunity to issue shares, says Imperial Capital
Imperial Capital continues to expect elevated debt levels to erode the value of J.C. Penney shares, but it thinks favorable operating momentum could drive the stock price above $10. Imperial believes such a rally would provide Penny with a "great opportunity" to issue additional shares to pay down debt. The firm keeps an Underperform rating on Penny with a $3 price target. Shares of the retailer are up 9c to $9.23 in late morning trading.
April 14, 2015
11:47 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney business on 'more stable footing,' says Baird
Baird analyst Mark Altschwager says J.C. Penney's business is on "more stable footing" after the retailer reported a quarter-to-date comp of 6% and provided Q1 comp guidance above consensus. Altschwager raised his price target for shares to $10 from $9 but keeps a Neutral rating on Penny. He believes meaningful free cash flow growth will be challenging as investment needs normalize.
08:55 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees Q1 SSS up 3.5%-4.5%
J.C. Penney said in a regulatory filing that on April 13, the company became aware that a senior official of the company inadvertently sent an e-mail communication to a securities analyst that contained non-public information regarding the companys comparable store sales results for Q1 to date, which are approximately 6%. Based on results to date, and taking into account the shift of Easter into the fiscal month of March this year, the company currently expects comparable store sales for Q1 to be in the range of 3.5%-4.5%.
April 13, 2015
09:23 EDTSHLDSears moves higher on Simon Property Group deal
Price was last higher by over 3.8% in the pre-market to $44.60 after the company struck a deal with Simon Property Group (SPG) similar to that previously made with General Growth Properties (GGP). Resistance is at $45.69. Support is at $44.02.
06:35 EDTSHLDSears volatility low into Simon Property a joint venture of real estate holdings
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06:22 EDTJCP, SHLDGap, Target, others scrutinized by NY AG over staffing practices, WSJ says
Several major retailer including Gap (GPS) and Target (TGT) are under investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over their staffing practices and whether they require workers to show up or stay home with little notice, The Wall Street Journal reports. Schneiderman sent letters warning Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), JC Penney (JCP), Urban Outfitters (URBN), TJX Cos (TJX), Ann Inc (ANN), L Brands (LB), Burlington Stores (BURL), Sears Holdings (SHLD), Williams-Sonoma (WSM) and J Crew Group that he believes the chains are using on-call scheduling and that such practices may be in violation of New York laws. Reference Link
06:06 EDTSHLDSears, Simon Property form 50/50 JV
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April 10, 2015
10:00 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Bemis (BMS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Gigamon (GIMO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William... Global Payments (GPN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal-Weight at First Analysis... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded on valuation, catalysts at Stifel... Macy's (M) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Reckitt Benckiser (RBGLY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Union Pacific (UNP) upgraded on valuation, growth outlook at Stifel... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital.
08:24 EDTMMacy's upgraded at Buckingham
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07:51 EDTMMacy's upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham
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April 9, 2015
09:18 EDTM, JCPBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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April 6, 2015
14:48 EDTMMacy's management to meet with JPMorgan
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