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August 21, 2014
10:35 EDTSHLD, BONT, M, JCPSears falls after reporting Q2 loss that more than doubled analyst projections
Shares of retailer Sears (SHLD) are slumping after the company reported a second quarter loss that was more than double what analysts projected. WHAT'S NEW: Sears' Q2 earnings per share was a loss of $5.39, which far surpassed analysts' consensus estimates of a $2.63 loss. The company's Q2 revenue was $8.01B, also missing analysts' consensus estimates of $8.13B. Same-store sales for the quarter at its full-line stores were up 0.1% and Kmart SSS for the quarter declined 1.7%. Sears' Chief Executive Officer Edward S. Lampert said that the company has shown progress in transformation, but added that the Q2 earnings "are unacceptable." Lampert said the company is "taking steps" to address its performance on several levels, including reducing costs, investing in its Shop Your Way and Integrated Retail customer initiatives, rationalizing our physical footprint and improving pricing and promotions. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, the company said that it expects domestic pension contributions to decline after FY14, providing relief from funding pressures created by artificially low interests rates. During the FY14 holiday season, Sears expects that its domestic inventory will be at a level that the borrowing base will not limit the amount it can draw under the credit facility. The retailer said that it is taking steps to reduce costs, invest in acceleration of transformation, and improve pricing and promotional design. As Sears continues to adjust its store footprint, it expects to further reduce lease obligations. A main goal for the company is to focus on investments and acquisitions that will enhance shareholder value. Sears noted that it sees additional revenue and margin benefit in the future. The retailer expects to close 130 stores in FY14 and has closed 95 to date. 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 $2.51, or 7.15%, to $33.38. Macy's was up 0.4%, Bon-Ton Stores rose 10% and J.C. Penney rose 1.02%.
News For SHLD;M;BONT;JCP From The Last 14 Days
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July 6, 2015
13:03 EDTSHLDSears Holdings volatility low as share price near ten-year low
Sears Holdings July call option implied volatility is at 56, August is at 52, September is at 51; compared to its 52-week range of 44 to 121, suggesting decreasing price movement.
07:08 EDTSHLDSeritage Growth Properties to start trading on NYSE
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July 1, 2015
10:35 EDTMMacy's pulling Donald Trump brand merchandise from stores, CNN reports
Following recent controversial comments by Donald Trump, Macy's says it will remove his brand merchandise from its stores, CNN reports. In a statement, the retailer says, "In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy's values, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at Macy's since 2004." Reference Link
June 30, 2015
15:20 EDTJCPMoody's raises J.C. Penney liquidity rating to SGL-1 from SGL-2
Moody's Investors Service revised J.C. Penney's rating outlook to positive from stable. Moody's also affirmed the company's Caa1 Corporate Family Rating, and raised the company's Speculative Grade Liquidity rating to SGL-1 from SGL-2. "The rating outlook revision to positive from stable reflects Moody's view that JC Penney's operating performance has shown signs of improvement as a result of better merchandising, cost controls, and integration of its online business" said Moody's Vice President Scott Tuhy. He added, "we have seen positive momentum building for the company to achieve $700M to $800M of adjusted EBITDA, a level in which earnings would fully cover cash flow and interest". The upgrade in the Speculative Grade Liquidity rating primarily reflects the company's improved operating performance as we expect free cash flow to be near break-even levels and the company's meaningful cash balances are sufficient to cover expected seasonal working capital needs.
June 29, 2015
17:47 EDTMMacy's CEO was hesitant to lauch outlet chain, Fortune says
Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren stated that he was the obstacle in the way of Macy's opening a chain of outlet stores saying, "I really didn't want this business," reports Fortune. Reference Link
16:22 EDTMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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10:37 EDTMMacy's falls after downgrade, levels to watch
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10:09 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Assured Guaranty (AGO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Capital Bank (CBF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... First BanCorp (FBP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Gannett (GCI) downgraded to Hold at Jefferies following spin-off... IBERIABANK (IBKC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... KYTHERA (KYTH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... MBIA (MBI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Macy's (M) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Deutsche Bank... MarketAxess (MKTX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Nutrisystem (NTRI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington... Park Sterling Bank (PSTB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Popular (BPOP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... SunTrust (STI) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Ternium (TX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Xoom (XOOM) downgraded to Neutral at Susquehanna... Youku Tudou (YOKU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Mizuho.
09:53 EDTMMacy's retreats after Deutsche cuts to sell, says real estate sale unlikely
The shares of Macy's (M) are falling in early trading after research firm Deutsche Bank downgraded the stock to Sell from Buy, saying that the retailer is facing numerous challenges. WHAT'S NEW: Macy's same-store sales are likely to remain "anemic," partly due to tourism headwinds and increased competition from its own vendors, Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Trussell wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Meanwhile, the company's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization is likely to remain "flattish," partly because of higher shipping and healthcare costs and lower leverage on its sales, the analyst stated. Given all of these challenges, Macy's profit growth will probably not exceed high single digit percentage levels over the next couple of years, while its share repurchases will probably be reduced, Trussell said. Although Macy's could drive significant value by monetizing its real estate portfolio, it's unlikely to do so, according to Trussell. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On June 2, Reuters reported that Macy's would listen to a request by hedge funds who were asking the company to consider options for its real estate holdings. However, the company was worried that selling real estate and then leasing it back would saddle it with significant leasing costs, the news service noted. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Macy's fell 2.1% to $68.38.
07:00 EDTBONTBon-Ton Stores announces sale-leaseback agreement
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06:28 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Sell from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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June 24, 2015
11:11 EDTSHLDAnalyst says Best Buy shares poised to rise
Best Buy's (BBY) stock is poised to advance after the company reports its second quarter results, research firm B. Riley predicted. WHAT'S NEW: Best Buy's forecast for increased margins in the second half of the year, along with easing comparisons, should cause the stock to rise, predicted B. Riley in a note to investors earlier today. The shares will be particularly well-positioned to climb after the company updates its guidance following its Q2 results, the firm believes. Best Buy's initiatives should help increase its revenue and profits heading into fiscal 2017 and the retailer can continues to increase its market share at the expense of Sears (SHLD), RadioShack and others. Additionally, macro economic trends remain favorable for Best Buy and its key product categories continue to perform well, according to B. Riley. The firm, which is particularly confident about the company's ability to beat Q4 consensus estimates, keeps a $47 price target on the name and reiterates a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In their own note to investors this morning, SunTrust analysts David Magee and D. Mitch Van Zelfden speculated on potential M&A activity in the specialty retail space, noting that "Wall Street’s appetite for acquisitions has strengthened recently." In their opinion, Best Buy acquiring GameStop (GME) is among the "most compelling relationships" in the sector, the note explained. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Best Buy slid 0.4% to $34.72, while GameStop rose 1.3% to $44.92.
10:26 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; TWTR JCP
Twitter (TWTR) December 40 call option implied volatility increased 1% to 44, J.C. Penney (JCP) November 20 call option implied volatility decreased 5% to 42 according to IVolatility.
07:35 EDTSHLDCFA Society of Chicago to hold a meeting
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