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October 8, 2012
10:42 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters announces exclusive distribution agreement with World Co.
Urban Outfitters announced an exclusive distribution and marketing agreement with World Co., Ltd. for its Free People brand in Japan. Under the agreement, World Co., Ltd will have the right to distribute merchandise through shop-in-shop locations, a stand-alone store, direct-to-consumer sites, distribute to specialty store and department store wholesale accounts, and market the brand throughout Japan.
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November 30, 2015
17:04 EDTURBNOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
After seeing an early-morning jump, stocks on Wall Street spent Monday's trading session generally lower amid a glut of reports on Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales trends as well as weaker than expected financial data on manufacturing and home sales. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago purchasing managers' index dropped 7.5 points to 48.7 in November, coming in much worse than the expected 54.0 reading. Pending home sales for October, meanwhile, rose 0.2% from the prior month, lower than the forecasted 1% monthly increase. The Dallas Fed's manufacturing index rose 7.8 points to -4.9 in November, which was better than the anticipated -10.0 reading. The National Retail Federation said that about 151M people say they shopped in-store or on-line over the past four days, compared with 136M who said in a mid-November survey that they planned to shop over the holiday period. Also, as expected, the International Monetary Fund Monday added the Chinese yuan to the the fund's basket of reserve currencies, joining the U.S. dollar, the euro, the Japanese yen and the British pound. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Amazon (AMZN) spiked momentarily on Monday morning amid media reports that the company was seeing a strong start to the holiday sales season, with ChannelAdvisor reporting same-store sales growth of above 20% for the e-commerce giant over Black Friday and the rest of the long Thanksgiving weekend. By session close, however, the shares gave up their early gains, falling 1.26% to $664.80. Meanwhile, Target (TGT) slipped 1.28% to $72.50 as shoppers visiting the company's website in search of Cyber Monday deals encountered intermittent delays, which the company pinned on record sales volumes. Fellow retailer Wal-Mart (WMT) dipped 1.70% to $58.87, while specialty names Express (EXPR), Urban Outfitters (URBN), and Guess? (GES) fell a respective 5.48%, 5.29%, and 6.68%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were a number of renewable fuel companies, with Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) and Renewable Energy Group (REGI) advancing a respective 21.12% and 6.50% after the EPA finalized its biofuel targets. Petroleum refiners HollyFrontier (HFC) and Tesoro (TSO) slipped 3.30% and 1.74%, respectively, following the news, while oil majors Exxon Mobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX) closed the day up a respective 0.69% and 1.24%. Also higher was ITC Holdings (ITC), which jumped $3.11, or 9.21%, to $36.86 following a Bloomberg report that the company is exploring a potential sale. Separately, Microsoft (MSFT) rose 42c, or 0.78%, to $54.35 after research firm Raymond James upgraded the company two notches to Strong Buy from Hold, predicting that the tech giant will become one of the few large scale cloud vendors that can succeed across the industry's various segments. Among the noteworthy losers was Lockheed Martin (LMT), which declined $6.65, or 2.94%, to $219.26 after Barclays downgraded the shares to Underweight from Equal Weight, saying it "doesn't make sense" to expect further outperformance from the defense major. Also lower was Under Armour (UA), which fell $3.43, or 3.82%, to $86.25 after Piper Jaffray analyst Erinn Murphy cut her price target on the stock following visits to malls and retailers Thanksgiving night, reportedly finding evidence of deeper discounts than last year. Additionally, Lululemon (LULU) lost 8.91% to $47.82 after being downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital after the research firm discovered "significantly higher" clearance levels on company products in-store and online. INDEXES: The Dow fell 78.57, or 0.44%, to 17,719.92, the Nasdaq lost 18.86, or 0.37%, to 5,108.67, and the S&P 500 slipped 9.70, or 0.46%, to 2,080.41.
November 23, 2015
10:41 EDTURBNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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November 20, 2015
10:49 EDTURBNAbercrombie & Fitch soars after reporting upbeat Q3 earnings
Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) shares jumped in morning trading after the company reported better than expected quarterly earnings. WHAT'S NEW: Before the market open, Abercrombie & Fitch reported third quarter adjusted earnings per share of 48c on revenue of $878.6M. The consensus was for EPS of 22c on revenue of $864.65M. The company said that the adjusted EPS figure included year-over-year adverse effects from changes in foreign currency exchange rates amounting to roughly 13c. Commenting on the earnings, executive chairman Arthur Martinez said that the company's results "exceeded" expectations and "provide the strongest validation yet" that the retailer's initiatives are working. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its Q3 earnings conference call, Abercrombie said that it is eyeing expansion outside of the U.S., aiming to roll out multiple new capabilities in the U.K. The company added that it saw growth in China in the past quarter and plans to add mobile enhancements in China in 2016. STREET RESEARCH: A day before Abercrombie's Q3 earnings release, Susquehanna analyst Thomas Filandro said that the retailer was "well positioned" for the holiday season, though weather and international unrest may lead to a higher degree of near-term uncertainty. Filandro said that his firm sees improved holiday performance as Abercrombie shifts focus on an improved in-store experience, growing U.S. outlets, closing underperforming stores, and evolving its merchandise assortment. The analyst reiterated a Positive rating and a $26 price target on the company's stock. After the retailer reported earnings, KeyBanc analyst Edward Yruma maintained an Overweight rating on Abercrombie's shares, saying that the company's better than expected quarter was "particularly impressive" in light of the recent weakness in the retail sector. Yruma said that the company's new brand initiatives are taking hold and that greater expense control and reduced promotional activity are improving the well-being of the business. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Abercrombie & Fitch rallied over 18% to $23.00. OTHERS TO WATCH: American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) was up just under 3%, Aeropostale (ARO) gained 0.75%, Tilly's (TLYS) rallied 3.4%, Urban Outfitters (URBN) jumped more than 4%, Buckle (BKE) was up just under 1%, and Express (EXPR) fell fractionally in morning trading.
November 17, 2015
15:26 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters hit with downgrades after biting into pizza chain
Shares of Urban Outfitters (URBN) dipped heavily in intraday trading after reporting lower than expected quarterly results and surprising the market with its acquisition of a pizza chain, spurring numerous analyst remarks. EARNINGS AFTER PIZZA: On the morning of November 16, Urban Outfitters announced an agreement to acquire the Vetri family of restaurants, including Pizzeria Vetri. Urban's Chief Executive Officer Richard Hayne commented that "spending on casual dining is expanding rapidly, and thus, we believe there is tremendous opportunity to expand the Pizzeria Vetri concept." Later that same day, the company reported third quarter earnings per share of 42c, flatly in line with analyst estimates. Quarterly revenue missed, however, coming in at $825.3M against expectations for $872M. During a subsequent conference call, finance chief Frank Conforti noted that October saw the quarter's weakest comparable sales numbers, a trend which "has worsened" across the company's brands into the first half of November, according to Conforti. Later in the presentation, CEO Hayne weighed in on his foray into pizzerias, saying "a big attraction of this [Vetri] concept is the enormous depth of its appeal. From the very young to very old, everyone loves great pizza. Last week the Urban brand launch its new Space 24 Twenty project Austin across from the University of Texas campus. This project includes an expanded Urban Outfitters store with several food and beverage concepts including Pizzeria Vetri and Michael Symon's Burger joint... We're fighting to add foodservice to our brand portfolio and believe that the Vetri Family Group of restaurants compliments our brand nicely." Meanwhile, Conforti revealed that the company is spending less than $20M on the deal, according to a Bloomberg report on the matter. STRUCTURAL CONCERNS IN RETAIL: Commenting on Urban's news, Baird analyst Mark Altschwager said near-term visibility on the company "remains challenging" given the apparently worsening sales trends into November, and Altschwager sees continued valuation pressure amid the negativity surrounding the sector. Additionally, expanding into pizzarias has spurred investor fear of Urban Outfitters vearing from its core business, all of which lead Altschwager to cut his price target to $26 from $37. Meanwhile, RBC Capital's Brian Tunick cut his rating on the shares to Sector Perform from Outperform while lowering his target price to $23 from $32, saying various data points from the company suggest "ongoing consumer malaise with apparel spending." Though Tunick reiterated his belief that Urban is "one of the better" specialty retailers, he nevertheless moves to the sidelines until sales trends stabilize and visibility improves. Nomura analyst Simeon Siegel sliced his price target on the stock to $22 while cheekily reminding investors to "expect cheese & pizza puns to persist." Notably, Siegel contended that the company's weaker than expected results and foray into the restaurant space serves "as a form of affirmation that the traffic-dependent retail model is facing structural concerns." PRICE ACTION: Shares of Urban Outfitters are down nearly 6.5% to $21.20 heading toward today's close.
12:46 EDTURBNOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after better than expected earnings from Wal-Mart (WMT) and Home Depot (HD) helped the Dow build on yesterday's gains. The market also received a boost from an in-line consumer prices report, which may give the Fed the ammunition it needs to begin to raising interest rates from their record-low levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the consumer price index rose 0.2% in October, as expected. When food and energy prices are stripped out, the "core" CPI also rose 0.2%, also matching the consensus forecast. Industrial production slid 0.2% in October, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.1%. Capacity utilization came in as expected at 77.5%. NAHB's home builder sentiment index fell 3 points to 62 in November, versus expectations for a reading of 64. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Wal-Mart advanced nearly 5% after the world's largest retailer reported better than expected quarterly earnings and gave a fiscal year profit outlook that was higher than expected at the midpoint of the company's range. As part of its report, Wal-Mart noted that comp sales at Walmart U.S. rose 1.5% in the quarter compared to last year, marking the fifth consecutive quarter of positive comparable sales growth. Another retail giant and fellow Dow member, Home Depot, gained more than 3.5%. Missing out on the retail rally, however, was Dick's Sporting Good (DKS), which tumbled over 9.5% after giving guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2015 that both missed consensus estimates. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Nuance (NUAN), which rallied 17% after analysts raised their price targets on the company's stock following upbeat fourth quarter earnings. Also higher was TJX (TJX), which gained 4% after reporting quarterly earnings and guiding for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2016. Among the notable losers was SunEdison (SUNE), which fell 21% after Deutsche Bank lowered its price target on the company's shares to $16 from $28. Also lower was Urban Outfitters (URBN), which fell 8% after no fewer than three analyst downgraded the company's shares following its Q3 earnings report. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 39.99, or 0.23%, to 17,523.00, the Nasdaq was up 17.91, or 0.36%, to 5,002.53, and the S&P 500 was up 3.54, or 0.17%, to 2,056.73.
10:02 EDTURBNHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTURBNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Airgas (ARG) downgraded on valuation at KeyBanc... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Clarksons Platou... Chesapeake (CHK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... ChipMOS (IMOS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Clovis (CLVS) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Cooper Companies (COO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Five Below (FIVE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... Grainger (GWW) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Hess Corp. (HES) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... J Sainsbury (JSAIY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Kindred Biosciences (KIN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Leju (LEJU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Lombard Medical (EVAR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Osiris (OSIR) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Brean Capital... Polaris Industries (PII) downgraded on anemic ORV growth at Wedbush... SQM (SQM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... Southwestern Energy (SWN) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Starwood (HOT) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... Urban Outfitters (URBN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cantor... WM Morrison (MRWSY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... adidas (ADDDY) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... athenahealth (ATHN) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays.
09:27 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters plunges after results to fresh multi-year lows
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09:15 EDTURBNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Nuance (NUAN), up 9.1%... Cheetah Mobile (CMCM), up 7.7%... Eros International (EROS), up 12.8%... Home Depot (HD), up 3.1%...Wal-Mart (WMT), up 2.2%. ALSO HIGHER: Ocera Therapeutics (OCRX), up 14.8% after announcing Phase 1 study results for the company's oral formulation of OCR-002... Fitbit (FIT), up 2.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Dicks Sporting Goods (DKS), down 15.4%... Urban Outfitters (URBN), down 12.8%. ALSO LOWER: Osiris Therapeutics (OSIR), up 25.5% after being downgraded to Sell from Hold at Brean Capital... Angie's List (ANGI), down 8.7% after board unanimously determines not to pursue IAC (IACI) proposal... Clovis Oncology (CLVS), down 4.1% after receiving downgrades from Goldman and WallachBeth... Chesapeake Energy (CHK), down 2.5% after being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... Cooper Companies (COO), down 2% after being downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo.
08:56 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters valuation compelling, says SunTrust
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08:04 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters price target lowered to $26 from $37 at Baird
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07:21 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters price target lowered to $32 from $37 at Brean Capital
Brean Capital lowered its price target on Urban Outfitters to $32 from $37 following Q3 results. The firm said Q4 is off to a slow start due to warmer weather, but they still believe Urban Outfitters is a best-of-breed retailer with several top and bottom-line drivers. Brean Capital maintained its Buy rating on Urban Outfitters shares.
07:19 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters long-term outlook still favorable, says Stifel
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07:11 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cantor
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06:51 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters price target lowered to $27 from $42 at Piper Jaffray
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06:26 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Telsey Advisory
Telsey Advisory downgraded Urban Outfitters to Market Perform and lowered its price target to $23 from $40 on shares. Analyst Dana Telsey lowered estimates following the Q3 report and said the lack of product newness in core apparel and accessories had not impacted all of the businesses, with deceleration across brands. Telsey believes Urban's ability to post an increase in sales trends is further on the horizon and earnings visibility is further clouded.
06:12 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
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