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August 21, 2014
10:35 EDTJCP, SHLD, BONT, MSears 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%.
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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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