Wed, Aug. 17, 11:16 AM
- Soft earnings reports from Target, Lowe's, and Staples are tainting the retail sector today.
- A loose theme among the trio is that they are feeling the impact of general store traffic pressure on one front and under-performing Amazon on the e-commerce side (or Home Depot in the case of Lowe's).
- Notable movers include Office Depot (ODP -7%), Pier 1 Imports (PIR -2.7%), Haverty Furniture (HVT -1.1%), Sears Holdings (SHLD -6.5%), Stage Stores (SSI -3%), Nordstrom (JWN -2.4%), Tilly's (TLYS -0.8%), Zagg (ZAGG -2.7%), Party City (PRTY -1.3%), J.C. Penney (JCP -4.4%), Restoration Hardware (RH -4.1%) Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY -1.9%), Williams-Sonoma (WSM -2.8%), and Kohl's (KSS -2.3%),
- Looking ahead, Wal-Mart (WMT -0.3%) reports earnings tomorrow before the bell. The same-store sales bar is relatively low after the company guided for a 1% gain for U.S. SSS and with the consensus estimate of analysts even lower at +0.9%. Perhaps more important than Q2 numbers will be the comments from Wal-Mart management on the Jet.com integration and the impact of higher base wages.
Thu, Aug. 11, 9:15 AM
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Thu, Aug. 11, 7:20 AM
- Kohl's (NYSE:KSS) outperformed the expectation of analysts in Q2 after margin rates held up amid inventory management initiatives.
- The company's gross margin rate improved 60 bps Y/Y to 39.5% during the quarter.
- Comparable store sales were down 1.8% in Q2.
- Looking ahead, Kohl's expects FY16 EPS of $3.80-$4.00 vs. $4.05-$4.25 prior and $3.83 consensus.
- Previously: Kohl's beats by $0.19, beats on revenue (Aug. 11)
- Shares of Kohl's are up 7.12% premarket to $40.75.
Thu, Aug. 11, 7:07 AM
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Wed, Aug. 10, 9:58 AM
- Results from Fossil (FOSL +5.3%) and Ralph Lauren (RL +8.2%) that came in ahead of some beat-down expectations are helping to provide a lift to other names in the apparel sector. The rally is focused primarily on higher-end sellers.
- Cost streamlining helped to cut into weak tourism and F/X trends.
- Notable gainers include Hanesbrands (HBI +3.6%), PVH Corp (PVH +1%), Luxottica (LUX +1.9%), Kohl's (KSS +2.3%), VF Corp (VFC +1.2%), Guess (GES +1.2%), G-III Apparel (GIII +1.7%), Gildan Activewear (GIL +0.8%), and Vera Bradley (VRA +1.5%).
Tue, Aug. 9, 1:36 PM
- There's a dark mood in the apparel store sector after Gap (GPS -6.4%) spilled its July sales numbers.
- The retailer's 4% drop in comparable store sales for the month missed the -1% mark expected by analysts by a wide margin. Gap had raised hopes for a retail sector comeback with a return to a positive comp in June before the July disappointment.
- On a prerecorded sales call (855-500-0477 participant code 7405599), Gap management dropped a discouraging nugget: "We’re maintaining a cautious view of the retail environment in the second half."
- As a bit of a bellwether, the outlook from Gap is resonating across the retail sector. There's also a cut on same-store estimates for Target from Cleveland Research which could be drawing some attention.
- Retail decliners: Tailored Brands (TLRD -5.5%), Ascena Retail Group (ASNA -4.7%), Express (EXPR -4.4%), Citi Trends (CTRN -3.3%), Buckle (BKE -3.4%), Cato (CATO -3.3%), American Eagles Outfitters AEO, Abercrombie & Fitch ANF, Chico's FAS (CHS -2.6%), Kohl's (KSS -3.7%), Dillard's (DDS -2.9%), Macy's (M -2.4%), Fred's (FRED -3.3%), Target (TGT -3.1%), Tuesday Morning (TUES -1.5%), L Brands (LB -1.9%), Christopher & Banks (CBK -2.6%).
Wed, Jul. 27, 8:27 AM
- Kohl's (NYSE:KSS) formally announces a new partnership with Under Armour (NYSE:UA). The new initiative was tipped off yesterday during Under Armour's earnings call.
- Under Armour products will be available in early 2017 at Kohl’s stores nationwide and on the Kohl's website. The assortment will cover the women’s, men’s, kids, accessories, footwear, and home categories.
- Source: Press Release
Mon, Jul. 25, 11:09 AM
- Apparel store stocks are off and running today on some broad strength.
- The sector has seen more buying action of late after hitting a prolonged rough patch. A couple of solid reports on June sales from key retailers and some calming down of the recent civil unrest has contributed to improved outlook.
- Notable gainers include Gap (GPS +3.5%), Nordstrom (JWN +3.3%), L Brands (LB +2.9%), Urban Outfitters (URBN +2.8%), Macy's (M +2.3%), Kohl's(KSS +1.7%), Francesca's Holdings (FRAN +1.5%), Chico's FAS (CHS +2.1%), Tailored Brands (TLRD +1.5%), and DSW (DSW +1.8%).
Wed, Jul. 6, 11:22 AM
- Shares of Kohl's (KSS +0.5%) have moved higher on a volume spike off some chatter on the company considering a go-private deal.
- Kohl's is up 2% from its low earlier in the day.
- Earlier this year, Fortune's Gene Marcial detailed why a leveraged buyout could make sense for Kohl's. His observations came with the stock 20% higher than where it stands today.
Wed, Jun. 15, 10:24 AM
- Department store stocks are off and running in a surprising move higher. There wasn't an encouraging read on the category in yesterday's retail sales report or anything particularly bullish out from Wall Street today on the sector.
- Some traders think that names in the sector could see some upside with more "strategic" announcements expected during the slate of investor conference scheduled for this month.
- Gainers include Sears Holdings (SHLD +9.7%), J.C. Penney (JCP +5%), Kohl's (KSS +3.4%), Macy's (M +3.8%), Nordstrom (JWN +3.8%), Dillard's (DDS +3%), and Stage Stores (SSI +3.2%).
- Previously: Healthy spending in pockets of retail (June 14)
Thu, Jun. 2, 2:55 PM
- Michael Kors (KORS +4.1%) weighed in on the department store channel during its earnings call yesterday. The negative stance on department stores could tip off more pressure within the sector (M, JWN, DDS, JCP, KSS) in holding onto some high-end brands.
- "We believe that the North America retail environment remains highly promotional, which is impacting the long-term brand equity of Michael Kors," said CEO John Idol.
- "We’ve seen that magnified over the last 12 months and it’s not healthy for the Michael Kors brand,” he added.
- “We’ll create a healthier demand for our wholesalers and ourselves by reducing the [number of] units we put out there,” summed up Idol on future strategy with department stores.
- Michael Kors earnings call transcript
Tue, May 24, 9:09 AM
- Digital content engagement rose 101% at Kohl's (NYSE:KSS) after a Facebook post by an enthusiastic Chewbacca mask buyer went viral (135M views and counting). Candace Payne posted the video over the weekend after buying the mask at a Kohl's store in Texas.
- Kohl's has already sold out of the Chewbacca mask, but is making the most out of the exposure with several social media tie-ins to Candace Payne and her family.
- Kohl's could use the extra publicity after comparable-store sales fell 4% in Q1.
Sat, May 14, 11:01 AM
- The retail sector stays in focus next week with Target (NYSE:TGT), Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), TJX Companies (NYSE:TJX), and Ross Stores (NASDAQ:ROST) all due to report on Q1 earnings to follow on a week of dismal reports and guidance from the department store sector (Nordstrom, L Brands, Macy's, Kohl's). Home improvement chains Home Depot (NYSE:HD) and Lowe's (NYSE:LOW) are also due to spill numbers.
- The story from the Commerce Department's April read of retail sales (+3.0% Y/Y, +1.3% M/M) is one of a consumer spending on housing, entertainment, and personal care/fitness over apparel and general merchandise. The 10% Y/Y gain in the nonstore retailer category also tipped that the Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Effect is magnifying.
- Amplify ETFs CEO Christian Magoon tells Seeking Alpha that the traditional retail model appears to be broken. Amplify's Online Retail ETF (NASDAQ:IBUY) is a bet on companies such as Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), GrubHub (NYSE:GRUB), Blue Nile (NASDAQ:NILE), and Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) that are reeling in millennial dollars.
- Magoon on retail: "Traditional retailers face the headwinds of higher cost structures including the very real threat of increasing wages in the form of the $15 minimum wage campaign. Less flexible with inventory management, they also are more vulnerable to issues like weather and changing consumer preferences."
- Retail ETFs: XLP, XLY, VDC, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXG, PBJ, IYK, FXD, IYC, RHS, FDIS, PEJ, FSTA, PSL, SCC, RCD, UCC, PEZ, PMR, PSCC, UGE, PSCD, SZK, BITE.
- Apparel stocks: KATE, ANN, LULU, PVH, VNCE, CRI, UA, HBI, VFC, COLM, GIL, SQBG, JCP, KSS, DDS, M, JWN, ARO, AEO, ANF, WTSL, TLYS, CACH, ZUMZ, PSUN, EXPR, BKE, GIII, SQBG, HBI, VRA, ICON, SHOO, PERY, DXLG, BONT, GES, URBN, RL,GIL, NKE, OXM, HBI, VNCE, PERY, ICON, FL.
Fri, May 13, 11:25 AM
- Some beat-up mall stocks have overcome a sputtering start to move solidly higher. The names seemed to have reacted to a red-hot read on consumer sentiment from the Reuters/UofM survey.
- Recovery modef: Kohl's (KSS +7.9%), Macy's (M +3%), Dillard's (DDS +2.5%), Gap (GPS +2%), JC Penney (JCP +1.8%), Ascena Retail (ASNA +3.1%), and Christopher & Banks (CBK +2.5%).
- Previously: Retail sales: Consumers spending, just not where they used to (May 13)
- Previously: Retail sales dazzle, retail stocks not so much (May 13)