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August 18, 2014
16:04 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters reports Q2 SSS flat
Q2 comparable Retail segment net sales, which include comparable direct-to-consumer channel, were flat.
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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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November 16, 2015
18:26 EDTURBNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Nuance (NUAN), up 9.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Ocera Therapeutics (OCRX), up 26.6% after announcing Phase 1 study results for the company's oral formulation of OCR-002. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Urban Outfitters (URBN), down 11.5%... Agilent (A), down 1.3%. ALSO LOWER: Wayfair (W), down 2% after Bloomberg reported that Whitney Tilson said that Wayfair is currently his largest short.
16:11 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters reports Q3 EPS 42c, consensus 42c
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15:02 EDTURBNNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:07 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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08:57 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters to acquire The Vetri Family restaurants
Urban Outfitters announced today it has entered into an agreement to acquire substantially all The Vetri Family group of restaurants including award winning Pizzeria Vetri. The Vetri Family group of restaurants was created and co-headed by James Beard award winning Chef Marc Vetri and his business partner Jeff Benjamin.
November 13, 2015
16:24 EDTURBNOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks on Wall Street ended a tough week on a down note, falling after the Commerce Department reported that retail sales grew by an anemic 0.1% last month. This data comes on the heels of this week's downbeat quarterly report from Macy's (M) and a similarly disappointing report last night from peer Nordstrom (JWN). ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales rose 0.1% in the month of October, versus expectations for an increase of 0.3%. When autos and gas are removed, the core reading was up 0.3%, versus expectations for a rise of 0.4%. Producer prices fell 0.4%, versus expectations for them to be up 0.2%. When food and energy are removed, the core reading was down 0.3%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. Business inventories grew 0.3% in September while sales were flat compared to August. Consumer sentiment, as measured by the preliminary print from the University of Michigan survey, improved 3.1 points to 93.1 in November, which was better than the 91.5 reading that was expected. In Europe, data showed that eurozone's economy grew by just 0.3% in the third quarter, which was a slowdown from the 0.4% GDP growth recorded three months earlier and weaker than the 0.4% consensus growth forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of retailers broadly declined following the weaker than expected retail sales data reported by the government as well as third quarter earnings reports from Nordstrom and J.C. Penney (JCP), which fell 15% and 15.5% respectively. Virtually every mass-market, brick-and-mortar retailer was down today, from giants like Wal-Mart (WMT) and Costco (COST), to smaller retailers like Ross Stores (ROST) and Urban Outfitters (URBN)... Shares of Mylan (MYL) jumped 12.9% to $48.78 after the company's offer to acquire Perrigo (PRGO) failed, ending a seven-month fight between the two drug makers. Perrigo Chief Executive Officer Joseph Papa said he was "delighted" that his company's shareholders rejected the offer and the company added that it will immediately commence its previously announced $2B share buyback program, but its shares slid 6.16% to $146.90 in the wake of the shareholder vote... Cisco (CSCO) fell 5.8% after its first quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations but its guidance for the new quarter disappointed. A number of analysts that had been bullish on the name trimmed their price targets in response but also recommended the post-earnings weakness as a buying opportunity. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Springleaf Holdings (LEAF), which surged $5.07, or 11.5%, to $49.27 after reaching a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice that will allow the company to proceed with closing its previously announced acquisition of OneMain Financial from Citi (C). On the closing of the acquisition, the company will be renamed OneMain Holdings and has applied to the New York Stock Exchange to change its ticker symbol to "OMF," Springleaf noted. Also higher was Illumina (ILMN), which gained $10.26, or 6.6%, to $165.65 after being selected to replace Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL) in the S&P 500. Among the noteworthy losers was Fossil (FOSL), which plunged $18.62, or 36.5%, to $32.39 after the watchmaker gave lower than expected profit guidance for the upcoming quarter and said it continues to expect this fiscal year's results to be "significantly" negatively impacted by foreign currency changes. Also lower were shares of Vipshop (VIPS), which fell $5.03, or 27%, to $13.60 after issuing weaker than expected preliminary third quarter revenue guidance, which it said was partially driven by the warmer-than-expected fall weather in China. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 202.83, or 1.16%, to 17,245.24, the Nasdaq lost 77.20, or 1.54%, to 4,927.88, and the S&P 500 declined 22.93, or 1.12%, to 2,023.04.
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