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August 21, 2014
10:35 EDTSHLD, M, BONT, 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%.
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September 18, 2014
17:33 EDTSHLDFairholme Capital reports 24.0% stake in Sears
The St. Joe Company, an affiliate of the Fund and Fairholme, is in discussions with the company regarding the $400M secured short-term loan disclosed on the 8-K filed by the Issuer on September 15. The St. Joe Company may invest up to $100M in participations relating to the Short Term Loan.
12:07 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP FB
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10:56 EDTSHLDSears operations erasing $10/share in value each year, says Credit Suisse
In a note titled "Thinking About 'The End,'" Credit Suisse earlier today said events over the past month "had to shake supplier confidence" in Sears. The firm noted that Sears is generating negative operating cash flow of between $1B-$2B in 2014. Credit Suisse concludes that if Sears' real estate assets are worth as much as bulls think they are, then the company should liquidate since its operations are taking over $10 per share of value away every year. It has Underperform rating on Sears with a $20 price target. Shares of the retailer are down 2%, or 66c, to $28.90 in morning trading.
09:36 EDTSHLDActive equity options trading on open
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September 17, 2014
09:36 EDTSHLDActive equity options trading on open
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05:46 EDTSHLDStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; SHLD GTAT
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September 16, 2014
10:15 EDTSHLDSears tumbles to fresh 52-week low, levels to watch
The shares hit a fresh 52-week low at $30.88 before bouncing slightly higher. WIth price last at $31.18, support is at that new low. A break below $30.88 would see next support at $30.10. Resistance is at $31.71, a pivot low on a closing basis, and then at $32.62.
06:35 EDTSHLDSears borrows $400M from CEO's hedge fund
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September 15, 2014
11:51 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; TWTR JCP
Twitter (TWTR) November 57.50 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 54, J.C. Penney (JCP) October 12 call option implied volatility increased 8% to 52 according to IVolatility.
08:32 EDTMMacy's, Bloomingdales to launch same-day delivery in fall 2014
Macy’s (M) outlined its latest advancements in omnichannel strategy and technology as the company continues to add new dimensions for attracting shoppers and serving the needs of individual customers. Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s will help launch Apple (AAPL) Pay, same-day delivery to be piloted in fall 2014, new POS technology and customer service enhancements in testing, new apps, web functionality and mobile wallet launched, and its RFID is being expanded to fashion categories.
September 12, 2014
12:00 EDTBONTBon-Ton Stores to close its Fox Valley Furniture Gallery in Illinois
Bon-Ton Stores announced it will close its Carson’s Fox Valley Furniture Gallery in the Heritage Square Shopping Center in Naperville, Illinois. The company will not renew its lease, which terminates January 31, 2015. The closing will impact approximately 20 associates at this location.
07:44 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility low into company hosted analyst day
J.C. Penney September call option implied volatility is at 40, October is at 42, November is at 45, January and February is at 41; compared to its 26-week average of 53 according to Track Data suggesting decreasing price movement into a company hosted analyst day event on October 8.
September 11, 2014
10:00 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:18 EDTMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: lululemon (LULU), up 15%... Sigma Designs (SIGM), up 7%. ALSO HIGHER: JDSU (JDSU), up 13.8% after announcing that it will separate into two publicly traded companies... Wet Seal (WTSL), up 4.5%, upgraded at B. Riley following Q2 earnings results... Gogo (GOGO), up 5% after announcing partnership with T-Mobile (TMUS)... Digital Ally (DGLY), up 8.4% after announcing plans to introduce "bullet camera" option at October police conference. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Restoration Hardware (RH), down 5%... Five Below (FIVE), down 5.6%. LOWER: Radio Shack (RSH), down 8% after reporting Q2 losses, stating that it may need to pursue bankruptcy... E2open (EOPN), down 29%, downgraded at Pacific Crest and Northland after the company announced preliminary Q2 earnings results... Twitter (TWTR), down 1% after announcing that it will offer $1.3B in convertible unsecured senior notes... Crocs (CROX), down 2.6% after downgraded at Buckingham... Macy's (M), down 1.3% after downgraded at Sterne Agee.
08:19 EDTMMacy's downgraded at Sterne Agee
As noted earlier, Sterne Agee downgraded Macy's to Neutral from Buy. As reasons for the downgrade, the firm cited valuation and its belief that the company's SSS and EBIT growth are unlikely to accelerate. Target $62.
06:05 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee
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September 10, 2014
11:43 EDTSHLD, JCPLand's End soars after better than expected Q2 results
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September 9, 2014
14:54 EDTMApple announces Apple Pay
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07:16 EDTJCPSterne Agee to hold a field trip
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September 8, 2014
11:15 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility at 27-month low
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