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January 3, 2014
10:44 EDTVRA, TJX, AEO, ROST, FOSL, SIG, TIFAnalyst sees storm to reduce Q4 retail sales by about 1%
The winter storm hitting the Northeast is likely to reduce retailers' sales by about 1% in their fourth quarter, Citigroup estimated. WHAT'S NEW: The storm will likely cause many shoppers to stay home between Thursday and Saturday in the Northeast and Midwest, Citigroup analyst Oliver Chen wrote in a note to investors. The snowfall yesterday and today, followed by very low temperatures on Saturday, will keep many customers in the affected regions to stay out of stores, the analyst explained. Last year, store traffic during the first Thursday to Saturday in January made up 3%-4% of retailers' total fourth quarter traffic, Chen estimated. Retailers with the most stores in the areas affected by the storm include Vera Bradley (VRA), TJX (TJX), and American Eagle (AEO), the analyst wrote. Retailers with the lowest number of stores in the affected areas include Ross Stores (ROST) and Fossil (FOSL), according to Chen. Also likely to be less affected by the storm than many retailers are companies that specialize in selling jewelry, including Tiffany (TIF) and Signet Jewelers (SIG), he added. The storm is not likely to impact sales of Valentine Day's gifts, Chen explained. PRICE ACTION: In midday trading, Vera Bradley rose 1% to $24.25, TJX added 0.8% to $64, American Eagle advanced 0.5% to $14.80, Ross Stores gained 0.5% to $74.65, Fossil was up 0.8% to $119, Tiffany lost 0.2% to $92.35, and Signet Jewelers was 1% higher to $79.50.
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August 18, 2014
15:12 EDTTJXTJX technical notes before results
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06:24 EDTTJXOptions expected to be active
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August 15, 2014
13:43 EDTROSTRoss Stores volatility flat into Q2 and outlook
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07:17 EDTTJXTJX sell-off overdone, says Stifel
Stifel said the sell-off in TJX is likely due to profit taking, the Q1 miss and limited earnings growth, and the promotional mall environment. The firm expects shares to trade up on in-line Q2 results and guidance and reiterates its Buy rating.
August 14, 2014
17:20 EDTTIFTrian Fund gives quarterly update on stakes
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14:10 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle September volatility elevated into Q2 and autumn outlook
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12:46 EDTAEOHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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August 13, 2014
10:10 EDTTIFTiffany September volatility up into Q2 and outlook
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August 12, 2014
19:02 EDTFOSLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:09 EDTFOSLFossil extends licensing agreement with Giorgio Armani through 2023
Fossil Group announced that it has extended a global watch licensing agreement with Giorgio Armani S.p.A through 2023. The Armani Group first partnered with Fossil Group in 1997 to design, develop and distribute watches under the Emporio Armani label. Over the history of the relationship, jewelry was added in 2002, watches under the Armani Exchange brand in 2008 and a Swiss made collection of timepieces under the Emporio Armani Swiss Made label launched in 2014.
16:08 EDTFOSLFossil sees FY14 EPS $6.95-$7.35, consensus $7.13
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16:08 EDTFOSLFossil sees Q3 EPS $1.77-$1.84, consensus $1.84
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16:07 EDTFOSLFossil reports Q2 EPS 98c, consensus 96c
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15:23 EDTFOSLNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:35 EDTFOSLFossil August 103 straddle priced for 8.4% move into Q2
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14:28 EDTFOSLFossil technical notes before earnings
In the prior three months the shares have underperformed the broader averages with a loss of over 8%. The downtrend in the shares on a longer-term basis has been underway since shares hit a peak of price in early November 2013. That downtrend has been characterized by volatile bursts higher in price away from the broader downtrend that fail to hold. On disappointing news, a breakdown below $100 would seem highly probable. For the prior two years the $100 area has been both resistance and then support. A break below $100 would be therefore more technically significant. Support below on an increasing band of disappointment would be at $97.96, $92.80, and $89.33. If the news is more positive than expected, a move up to the recent pivot at $108.08 would be the first major resistance encountered. A breakout above $110 would turn the shares from bearish to neutral with additional resistance then at $114.12. The short-base is large at over 8% of the float short which could add to a potential short-squeeze on stronger than expected news.
12:31 EDTAEOAbercrombie upgraded at Stifel citing better assortment, trimmed costs
Shares of Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) were upgraded by research firm Stifel this morning, though the retailer's shares are slightly lower in early afternoon trading. WHAT'S NEW: Stifel analyst Richard Jaffe upgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Buy from Hold, citing the retailer's better merchandise assortment and reshaped cost structure. Jaffe feels that Abercrombie & Fitch had been running with overblown expenses and believes that having a slimmer cost structure will allow the company to influence sales better and boost future EPS. The analyst raised his Q4 EPS estimate to $1.94 from $1.87, his FY14 EPS estimate to $2.50 from $2.43 and his FY15 EPS estimate to $3.40 from $3.14. Over the next year, Jaffe said that he expects A&F shares will be valued for the company's effort to win back customers at its Hollister and Abercrombie stores. Still, he said that Q3 could continue to be a struggle for the retailer due to external obstacles that are still a headwind. The firm maintains a $50 price target on the retailer's shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Analysts at Wunderlich also initiated coverage of the stock this morning with a Buy rating and a $48 price target. PRICE ACTION: During early afternoon trading, shares of Abercrombie & Fitch fell 9c, or 0.2%, to $41.47. OTHERS TO WATCH: Rivals to Abercrombie & Fitch include Aeropostale (ARO), Urban Outfitters (URBN), and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO).
10:00 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:42 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich
Target $11.
August 11, 2014
10:13 EDTTJXTJX volatility flat into Q2 and outlook
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