Tue, Jan. 27, 3:42 PM
- Apparel retailers and manufacturers could see lower costs this year as a strong dollar goes a long way toward lowering manufacturing and purchasing expenses overseas.
- Companies which manufacture overseas or buy from global suppliers to sell largely in the U.S. are in the best position to boost their bottom lines.
- Cotton prices have also moved in the right direction for the sector.
- Another factor is the much cleaner inventory position many apparel retailers and department store chains find themselves in heading into the spring selling season.
- 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, BWS, PERY, DXLG, BONT, GES, URBN.
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- The better-than-expected round of reports on holiday sales in the retail sector has improved the outlook on the profitability of chain stores, according to RetailDive.
- Teen Retailers: Out with dark lighting and logo-centric marketing and in with fast-fashion and online fulfillment. American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO), Aeropostale (NYSE:ARO), and Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF) are finally pulling the right levers, according to analysts. Deb's Shops, Delia's, and possibly Wet Seal (NASDAQ:WTSL) won't be around to make the transition. It's Hail Mary time at American Apparel (NYSEMKT:APP).
- Department stores/specialty apparel: Smaller store counts and restructuring initiatives could be the theme in 2015 as mall traffic stays weak. RetailDive doesn't discount turnarounds at Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD) and J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP). Gap (NYSE:GPS), Macy's (NYSE:M), and Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ:URBN) are viewed as ahead of the curve in setting their new agenda in place. Soft early comp compares and lower cotton prices could help lift Zumiez (NASDAQ:ZUMZ), Ann (NYSE:ANN), L Brands (NYSE:LB), Pacific Sunwear (NASDAQ:PSUN), and Express (NYSE:EXPR).
- Drugstores 2.0: Significant changes in the sector have given Walgreen Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA), CVS Health (NYSE:CVS), and Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD) the room to grab more market share in healthcare and grocery. A much worse flu season in the U.S. than a year ago has helped the group get off to a good start.
- Previously: Holiday retail sales something of a revelation (Jan. 8)
Thu, Jan. 8, 11:01 AM
- Uniqlo (OTCPK:FRCOY) reports revenue rose 23% to ¥389B ($3.25B) in FQ1.
- Operating profit rate +230 bps to 19.1%, with gains spread across all three segments (Uniqlo Japan, Uniqlo International, Global Brands).
- The company has a stated goal of maintaining +20% top-line growth through 2020 as it becomes a bigger force in new regions with its lightning-fast ability to bring on-trend products to market.
- Retail analyst Rahul Sharma points out that the strong numbers from the fast-fashion firm pose a threat in the apparel sector.
- Previously: Fast-fashion ace Uniqlo looks to disrupt U.S. market (Sep. 18 2014)
- Related stocks: OTCPK:HMRZF, OTCPK:IDEXY, GPS, URBN, ANF, AEO, ARO, EXPR, PSUN, ZUMZ.
Tue, Jan. 6, 11:29 AM
- Specialty retail is set up to see a strong year, according to Jefferies analyst Randal Konik.
- The sector enters the year in a better position than in 2014 with inventory clean and the macroeconomic backdrop looking supportive.
- Comp sales will lag a string of weak quarters and lower cotton prices will filter down to the bottom lines of the group, says Konik.
- Specialty retailers (partial list): EXPR, ZUMZ, PSUN, ARO, AEO, ANF, CACH, CHS, NWY, BEBE, ANN, CBK, GPS, GES, PIR, BBBY, TCS, LE, VRA.
- Related ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXD, FDIS, PMR, RCD
Dec. 23, 2014, 10:15 AM
- Express (EXPR +0.3%) breaks out with a major NBA endorsement, signing Golden State Warriors All-Star Stephen Curry.
- Curry, who currently wears Under Armour shoes and sits atop the UA logo on his Twitter page, will be a brand ambassador for Express.
- Express isn't active in the basketball shoes category.
Dec. 18, 2014, 7:01 AM
- Apparel prices fell 1.1% in the U.S. during November, according to yesterday's CPI report.
- The drop followed a 0.2% slide in apparel prices for October.
- Retail analysts note that a higher mix of e-commerce sales and the lingering promotional haze threaten margin expansion in the sector, despite overall tighter inventory control.
- Apparel stocks: KATE, ANN, LULU, PVH, VNCE, CRI, UA, HBI, VFC, COLM, GIL, SQBG, JCP, KSS, DDS, M, JWN, RL, ARO, AEO, ANF, WTSL, TLYS, CACH, ZUMZ, PSUN, EXPR, BKE, KORS, UA, GIII, SQBG, HBI, SKX, FL, VRA, ICON, NKE, WWW, DECK, CROX, SHOO, BWS, PERY, DXLG, SHLD, BONT, GPS, GES, URBN.
Dec. 15, 2014, 12:36 PM
- Added to the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index, effective Dec. 22: AAVL, AERI, AKBA, ALDR, ALIM, AMPH, ANIP, ASPX, CARA, CGEN, CLDN, CNCE, ENTA, FLML, FMI, FOLD, FPRX, GWPH, HPTX, ICPT, INO, INSM, KITE, KPTI, MGNX, OPHT, PCYC, PETX, POZN, PTX, QLTI, RARE, RCPT, RDUS, RLYP, RTRX, RVNC, SAGE, TBPH, TTPH, VSAR, XLRN, ZFGN, ZSPH.
- Deleted: AMRN, AUXL, CRIS, EXPR, ICEL, ONTX, RIGL, ZGNX.
- Source: Press Release
Dec. 11, 2014, 10:03 AM
- The S&P Retail ETF (NYSEARCA:XRT) is up 2.3% off of today's strong read on retail sales in the U.S.
- While the big boys are holding their own - Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) +1.1%, Target (NYSE:TGT) +2.0%, Costco (NASDAQ:COST) +1.0% - it's the apparel chains and specialty retailers doing the heavy lifting.
- Retail standouts: Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS) +3.3%, CST Brands (NYSE:CST) +3.3%, Ascena Retail (NASDAQ:ASNA) +3.2%, Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) +3.0%, Express (NYSE:EXPR) +2.9%, Stein Mart (NASDAQ:SMRT) +2.7%.
- Previously: Retail Sales report, highlights
Dec. 5, 2014, 3:47 PM
- Store traffic in retail chains fell 11% in November, according to RetailNext.
- The mark is consistent with some estimates on mall traffic during the extended Black Friday weekend.
- Though e-commerce showed strong gains over the month to offset some of drop, the outlook for mall retailers looks bleak for Q4 even after factoring in the round of guidance cuts which have been rampant across the sector.
- On watch: AEO, ARO, ANF, URBN, TLYS, BKE, GES, EXPR, GPS.
Dec. 4, 2014, 10:31 AM
- Shares of Destination Maternity (DEST -7.8%) slide after the company misses earnings estimates.
- A frank assessment from the company on a misfire with its assortment to millennial-aged moms-to-be strikes a bit of a chord across the apparel and department store sector.
- Many of the earnings hits and misses this quarter have been tied to on-trend or off-trend assortments. A millennial group which is hard to nail down is becoming a bigger part of that puzzle.
- Apparel stocks: KATE, ANN, LULU, RL, PVH, VNCE, CRI, UA, HBI, VFC, COLM, KORS, GIL, SQBG, JCP, KSS, DDS, M, JWN, RL, ARO, AEO, ANF, WTSL, TLYS, CACH, ZUMZ, PSUN, EXPR, BKE, KORS, UA, GIII, SQBG, HBI, SKX, FL, VRA, ICON, NKE, WWW, DECK, CROX, SHOO, BWS, PERY, DXLG, SHLD, BONT, GPS, GES, URBN, TJX.
Dec. 4, 2014, 7:37 AM
- Express (NYSE:EXPR) reports comparable-store sales fell 5% in Q3 to miss the expectation of analysts for a 3% dip.
- E-commerce sales were up 11% in the period.
- Gross margin rate -110 bps to 31.7% on higher buying and occupancy costs in relation to sales.
- SG&A expense rate -10 bps to 25.4%.
- Inventory +2.1% to $350.27M.
- Q4 guidance: EPS of $0.38-$0.45 expected. Comparable sales in a negative mid to high single digit rate seen.
- Full-year guidance: EPS of $0.69-$0.76 projected vs. $0.82 consensus. Comp sales at a negative mid to high single digit rate.
- EXPR -10.3% premarket.
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Express, Inc., is a specialty apparel and accessory retailer offering both women's and men's merchandise. The Company operates in single segment which is Express brick-and-mortar retail stores and e-commerce operations.
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