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June 25, 2014
13:24 EDTZU, PLCE, CRIzulily rallies after Goldman ups rating to Buy
Shares of Internet-based retailer zulily (ZU), which focuses on children's apparel, are climbing after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: zulily is poised to generate $1B of sales this year, its fifth year in business, making it only the third retailer to reach the sales milestone that quickly, after Gap's (GPS) Old Navy and Amazon.com (AMZN), Goldman Sachs analyst Taposh Bari wrote in a note to investors. zulily is likely to grow faster than the overall industry, as its multiple initiatives should enable it to attract more customers than expected into 2015, the analyst wrote. Additionally, the stock has reached an attractive entry point following its recent pullback, Bari stated. Furthermore, the company will start offering other types of products such as women's apparel and toys, the analyst believes. He upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral and raised his price target on the shares to $50 from $47. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Although zulily has "agile merchandising" and a strong presence on the mobile Internet, the company also has relatively limited products and "lagging" delivery times, Bari reported. As a result, the threat posed by zulily to traditional children's retailers is somewhat limited, according to the analyst. The retailers best suited to fend off the threat posed by zulily are those with valuable brands, a strong online presence, and "appropriate" retail distribution systems, Bari believes. Carter's (CRI) meets all of these criteria and is a "winner," partly because of its national wholesale operation and thriving online business, according to Bari. Conversely, Children's Place (PLCE) is in a more vulnerable position, since it has similar products to those offered by zulily, along with deteriorating profit margin trends and expensive stores in malls, Bari stated. He kept a Buy rating on Carter's and a Sell rating on Children's Place. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, zulily jumped 10% to $40, while Carter's was flat at $69.50 and Children's Place fell 1% to $50.
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September 2, 2014
10:02 EDTZUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) upgraded at Stifel... Century Aluminum (CENX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Groupon (GRPN) upgraded at RBC Capital... Hawaiian Electric (HE) upgraded to Neutral from Cautious at ISI Group... Life Time Fitness (LTM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Live Nation (LYV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded at RBC Capital... Panasonic (PCRFY) upgraded to Buy from Sell at CLSA... Progressive (PGR) upgraded at Goldman... RCS Capital (RCAP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... SandRidge Energy (SD) upgraded at Stifel... Staples (SPLS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Tenaris (TS) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Tesla (TSLA) upgraded at Stifel... Ultratech (UTEK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Volkswagen (VLKAY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Waddell & Reed (WDR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Willis Group (WSH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... zulily (ZU) upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital.
07:06 EDTZUzulily upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital
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August 21, 2014
10:20 EDTPLCEHigh option volume stocks
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07:07 EDTPLCEChildren's Place expands in India by partership with Arvind Lifestyle
The Children's Place announced that it entered into a franchise agreement with Arvind Lifestyle Brands Limited to open stores in India, with the potential to open 50 stores over time beginning in the Fall of FY15.
07:06 EDTPLCEChildren's Place narrows FY14 adjusted EPS view to $2.95-$3.05 from $2.90-$3.05
Consensus $3.02. This guidance assumes comparable retail sales for the year will be flat to negative 1%. The company estimates a 9c negative impact from foreign exchange in FY14.
07:05 EDTPLCEChildren's Place sees Q3 adjusted EPS $1.74-$1.82, consensus $1.82
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07:03 EDTPLCEChildren's Place reports Q2 adjusted EPS (37c), consensus (45c)
Reports Q2 revenue $384.6M, consensus $378.63M. Reports Q2 comparable retail sales up 0.8%. The company opened 10 stores and closed 3 during Q2.
August 20, 2014
15:26 EDTPLCENotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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August 19, 2014
08:03 EDTCRICarter's has favorable risk/reward, says Goldman
Goldman said cotton prices are at a 5-year low and basic apparel companies Carter's (CRI) which is Buy rated, Gildan (GIL), and HanesBrands (HBI), both Neutral rated, are the most leveraged to the lower prices. The firm believes Carter's offers the best exposure to lower cotton prices and notes leadership in kids apparel and branding offering.

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