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August 6, 2014
07:47 EDTM, TGT, KSS, CVS, WMT, JCP, WAG, COSTRetailers pare store openings as shopper visits slide, WSJ says
Shopper visits to physical stores fell by nearly 7% in June and nearly 5% in July have fallen by 5% or more from a year earlier in every month for the past two years, according to data firm ShopperTrak, reported The Wall Street Journal. Against this backdrop, growth in store counts at the 100 largest retailers by revenue has slowed to less than 3% from more than 12% three years ago, the report noted, citing data from Moody's. Publicly traded retailers include Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Macy's (M), J.C. Penney (JCP), Kohl's (KSS), Walgreen (WAG), CVS (CVS) and Costco (COST). Reference Link
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November 11, 2014
14:52 EDTMMacy's November 57.5 straddle priced for 5.8% move into Q3
12:09 EDTMEarnings Preview: Analyst says Macy's trends decelerated at back-end of Q3
Macy's (M) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Wednesday, November 12, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Macy's is a retailer that sell a range of merchandise, including apparel and accessories, cosmetics, home furnishings and other consumer goods. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 50c on revenue of $6.34B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 46c-55c on revenue of $6.24B-$6.46B. LAST QUARTER: Macy's reported second quarter EPS of 80c on revenue of $6.23B, below estimates for 86c and $6.3B, respectively. Same-store sales, together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties, were up 4% from the prior year. Q2 comparable sales were up 3.4% vs. 2Q13. Macy's backed its fiscal year 2014 EPS guidance of $4.40-$4.50. The consensus for FY14 EPS at that time was $4.47. The retailer said its expectations for the second half of 2014 were "on track," with guidance for comparable store growth of 2%-3%. However, Macy's predicted FY14 SSS up 1.5%-2%, with FY14 comparable sales together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties up 2%-2.5%; previous guidance was for FY SSS up 2.5%-3%. NEWS: On its last earnings conference call, Macy's forecast fall season EPS of $3.04-$3.14 and said it expected Q3 SSS would be lower than fourth quarter SSS. The retailer also forecast second half total sales growth approximately 30 basis points lower than comp growth and gross margin rate "flat to down slightly" for the year. During the quarter, Macy's reached a resolution with the New York State Office of the Attorney General related to allegations of racial profiling in its New York stores. The retailer said it will launch same-day delivery this fall and announced plans to hire 86,000 seasonal associates for the 2014 holiday season. CNN said Macy's will open at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said Macy's trends decelerated at the back-end of Q3, likely pressuring Q3 comp performance. The analyst expects promotional activity to pick-up in Q4 in order to capture share and traffic. ITG Research said in October that Macy's Q3 revenues were tracking to $6.25B. Northcoast upgraded Macy's to Buy from Neutral on November 5. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Macy's shares are down 2%. The stock is trading down fractionally to $58.92 ahead of tomorrow's report.
09:02 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney's challenging sales trends continue, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research said J.C. Penney's challenging sales trends continued in October and is positioning to increase promotional activity during the holiday season. Shares are Neutral rated.
08:59 EDTMMacy's trends softened in back-end of Q3, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research said Macy's trends decelerated at the back-end of Q3, likely pressuring Q3 comp performance. The analyst expects promotional activity to pick-up in Q4 in order to capture share and traffic, and to offset the challenging Q3 performance. Shares are Buy rated.
07:49 EDTCOSTBofA/Merrill retail and consumer analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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November 10, 2014
16:00 EDTWMTOptions Update; November 10, 2014
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14:15 EDTKSSKohlís November puts active into Q3 and outlook
Kohl's November 55 puts are active on 1200 contracts compared to its open interest of 2000 contracts. November put option implied volatility is at 39, December is at 28, January is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data. Active put volume suggests traders taking positions for near term price movement in the expected release of Q3 results on November 13.
13:05 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney November volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday outlook
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12:36 EDTJCP, KSS, WMTAbercrombie, American Eagle sink after analyst downgrades
Shares of specialty teen apparel retailers Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) are falling after a number of analysts issued negative notes on the companies. WHAT'S NEW: Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva downgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Perform from Outperform. The company's earnings outlook has become less clear as its U.S. brand has not yet become popular, and retail brand turnarounds usually take awhile, Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva wrote in a note to investors. Additionally, Abercrombie's international business, which has deteriorated further this year, faces "mounting uncertainty,Ē the analyst stated. The analyst slashed her price target on the name to $30 from $50. Meanwhile, Barclays analyst Matthew McClintock downgraded American Eagle Outfitters to Equal Weight from Overweight. McClintock has become more pessimistic about the outlook for American Eagle's comparative store sales in the second half of 2014, given recent data points from a number of retailers, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Kohl's (KSS), Wal-Mart (WMT), J.C. Penney (JCP), and Ann Inc. (ANN). The analyst said he saw no reason why American Eagle should significantly outperform the overall apparel sector. McClintock cut his price target on the name to $11 from $15. Meanwhile, the analyst lowered his rating on the Softline Retail sector to Negative from Positive, as he believes that the sector, which includes companies that sell products like apparel, towels, and jewelry - is facing structural difficulties that are likely to persist for the next several years. Separately, research firm Janney Capital downgraded Abercrombie to Neutral from Buy in a note to investors today. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Abercrombie & Fitch sank 3.5% to $28.50 and American Eagle dropped 4% to $12.40.
10:04 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:20 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:00 EDTWMTWal-Mart weekly volatility increases into Q3 and holiday outlook
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08:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart expectations appear muted heading into earnings, says RW Baird
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08:08 EDTTGTTarget upgraded at Stifel
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08:07 EDTKSSKohl's to open stores at 6p.m. on Thanksgiving Day
07:12 EDTMCA Technologies to hold a conference
CA World 2014 is being held in Las Vegas on November 9-12.
05:54 EDTTGTTarget upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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November 9, 2014
18:41 EDTWMTWal-Mart to focus on food safety in China, Reuters says
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16:55 EDTWMTWal-Mart China sales impacted by country's austerity program, WSJ says
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November 8, 2014
20:20 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney could drop 35%, Barron's says
J.C. Penney shares could drop 35% if the company misses on sales growth estimates, Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
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