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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%.
News For SHLD;M;BONT;JCP From The Last 14 Days
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August 3, 2015
16:34 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney announces new VPs of omnichannel, supply chain
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13:32 EDTSHLDNY AG confirms toy gun sales settlement with Amazon, Walmart, others
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11:31 EDTBONTBon-Ton Stores CFO Keith Plowman retired August 1 as announced
As previously disclosed in the Current Report on Form 8-K dated January 20, on January 16, Keith E. Plowman announced his retirement as EVP and CFO of The Bon-Ton Stores, effective August 1. Mr. Plowman retired from the Company effective August 1. Pending the announcement of the new CFO, Michael W. Webb, SVP — Chief Accounting Officer of the Company, will serve as the Company’s principal financial officer in addition to serving in his current capacity as the Company’s principal accounting officer. Mr. Webb, age 54, has served as SVP — Chief Accounting Officer since June 2015, as Group Vice President — Chief Accounting Officer from May 2013 to June 2015, as Vice President - Corporate Accounting and Chief Accountant from May 2010 to May 2013 and in other accounting roles with the Company since May 1984. Mr. Webb is a certified public accountant.
11:04 EDTSHLDAmazon, Wal-Mart, others settle toy gun sales probe in NY, Bloomberg says
Five retailers, including Amazon (AMZN) and Wal-Mart (WMT) have agreed to pay over $300,000 to end an investigation in New York into alleged sales of toy guns that were deemed too realistic, Bloomberg reports. Under an agreement to be officially announced later, the retailers, which also include Kmart, Sears (SHLD), and ACTA, will pay fines and create procedures to ensure that illegal toy guns are not sold in the state of New York, the report says. Reference Link
08:04 EDTMMacy's, Bloomingdale's roll out same-day delivery to additional markets
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06:42 EDTMMichael Kors inventory building at retailers, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Erinn Murphy lowered her estimates for Michael Kors (KORS) after channel checks indicated the company's inventory is building at retailers like Macy's (M) and Dillard's (DDS). Further, sales of watches remain under pressure in the U.S. and are starting to slow in Europe, Murphy tells investors in a research note. She believes Kors's negative comps will continue beyond this year as its fundamentals continue to deteriorate. Murphy cut her price target for shares to $38 from $44 and keeps a Neutral rating on the name. The handbag maker closed Friday down 13c to $41.99.
06:19 EDTSHLDSears announces $1B tender offer
Sears announced that it has commenced a tender offer to purchase for cash up to $1B principal amount of its outstanding 6 5/8% Senior Secured Notes Due 2018. The aggregate principal amount of Notes currently outstanding is $1.238B. The terms and conditions of the Offer are set forth in an Offer to Purchase and related Letter of Transmittal, each dated August 3. Holders of Notes are urged to read the Offer to Purchase and Letter of Transmittal carefully before making any decision with respect to the Offer. The Offer is scheduled to expire at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on August 28. Jefferies is serving as Dealer Manager for the Offer.
06:17 EDTSHLDSears sees Q2 EPS $1.46-$1.92 with items, one estimate ($2.65)
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06:13 EDTSHLDSears sees Q2 adjusted EBITDA ($189M)-($249M)
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July 30, 2015
07:44 EDTMMacy's volatility flat into Q2 and outlook
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July 28, 2015
10:00 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:00 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Sell due to 'speculative froth' at Gilford Securities
As previously reported, Gilford Securities downgraded Macy's two notches to Sell from Buy. Analyst Bernard Sosnick would use the "speculative froth" in the stock to take profits at attractive prices. Macy's shares rose to a high when Starboard Value announced its belief that Macy's is worth $125 per share based on real estate monetization. Sosnick believes its a "fool's errand" to hold on to shares for real estate value extraction and expects the speculative premium in the stock to disappear.
08:45 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Sell from Buy at Gilford Securities
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July 24, 2015
10:00 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abaxis (ABAX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Dougherty... CF Industries (CF) downgraded on nitrogen outlook at RBC Capital... Capital One (COF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Cepheid (CPHD) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Evercore ISI... Constant Contact (CTCT) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Equifax (EFX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Hannover Re (HVRRY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... IAMGOLD (IAG) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... MSA Safety (MSA) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... MTU Aero (MTUAY) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Macy's (M) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Sunesis (SNSS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cantor... Superior Drilling (SDPI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... TrueCar (TRUE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... WESCO (WCC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens.
06:45 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities
Atlantic Equities analyst Danlela Nedlalkova downgraded Macy's to Underweight with a $64 price target based on expectations of weaker topline trends. Nedlalkova said recent industry commentary and data and global tourist spending decline will likely weigh on Q2 results. The analyst believes annual comp guidance of 2% is likely optimistic with Q1 comps at (0.1%) and expectations for about a flat comp in Q2, indicating 2H comps need to accelerate to 3%-4% to meet guidance. Nedlalkova said shares have been supported by speculation of real estate monetization, but with shares at historic levels, the analyst expects weaker operating results to pressure the stock.
July 22, 2015
10:01 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMC Entertainment (AMC) upgraded to Buy at MKM Partners... Agnico Eagle (AEM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Allegiant Travel (ALGT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded on positive outlook at JMP Securities... Bank of Ireland (IRE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Canadian Pacific (CP) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Fidelity & Guaranty Life (FGL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... First Interstate (FIBK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Murphy Oil (MUR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Noble Energy (NBL) upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Packaging Corp. (PKG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Prologis (PLD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Signature Bank (SBNY) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Sonic Automotive (SAH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Tate & Lyle (TATYY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Technip (TKPPY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Union Bankshares (UBSH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Yamana Gold (AUY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Yara (YARIY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan.
08:38 EDTJCP, M, SHLDNRF cuts 2015 retail sales growth forecast to 3.5% from 4.1%
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08:09 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham
Buckingham upgraded J.C. Penney to Buy and increased its price target to $12 from $9. The firm believes 2H comps could accelerate as initiatives take hold and has increased confidence it the company's ability to hit its 2017 EBITDA target of $1.2B. Buckingham believes FY15 sales comp guidance of 4%-5% is achievable and sees continued gross margin improvement and reduced SG&A levels.
July 21, 2015
08:01 EDTBONTBon-Ton Stores names William Tracy as COO, effective July 27
The Bon-Ton Stores announced the appointment of William Tracy to the position of COO, effective July 27. Tracy will have responsibility for Stores, Information Systems, Supply Chain, Distribution & Logistics, Omnichannel Strategy, Real Estate, and Human Resources. Tracy joins Bon-Ton from Hudson’s Bay Company where he most recently served as Executive Vice President - Supply Chain, Logistics & Omni Channel Fulfillment, and Global Sourcing.

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