Thu, Feb. 5, 7:36 AM
- The labor dispute between ship operators and dockworkers on the West Coast has ratcheted up again to threaten the pace of work at 29 ports in Washington, Oregon, and California.
- Observers at the L.A. and Long Beach ports say freighters are at anchor with no open berths due to a planned slowdown in progress.
- Honda (NYSE:HMC) and Subaru (OTCPK:FUJHY) are shipping some parts to the U.S. through air services to avoid the crawl.
- McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) has airlifted 100 tons of french fries to the region to stock restaurants.
- Other companies impacted by the development include Gap (NYSE:GPS), Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU), Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), Kohl's (NYSE:KSS), Macy's (NYSE:M), and J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP)
- FedEx (NYSE:FDX) and UPS (NYSE:UPS) could see a marginal benefit in some cases from companies facing a parts crunch, observe analysts
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Tue, Feb. 3, 10:13 PM
- Macy's (NYSE:M) says its expects full-year EPS of $4.35-$4.37 vs. $4.25-$4.35 prior guidance.
- Q4 comp sales are forecast to be 2.5%, a mark which falls in the low end of Macy's guidance.
- Full results will be released Feb. 24.
- In a separate announcement, the department store chain disclosed the acquisition of high-end beauty product seller Bluemercury for $210M.
- Shares of Macy's fell 1.45% in after-hours trading.
Tue, Feb. 3, 12:17 PM
- Retail space continues to open up as more companies look to trim their store counts or reposition themselves in front of mergers or bankruptcies.
- In some cases, the transition is based on repositioning assets to online fulfillment centers.
- A quick scan indicates Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD), J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP), RadioShack (NYSE:RSH), Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR), Wet Seal (NASDAQ:WTSL), Macy's (NYSE:M), Haverty Furniture (NYSE:HVT), Bon-Ton Stores (NASDAQ:BONT), Aeropostale (NYSE:ARO), Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ:RCII), and Wolverine Worldwide (NYSE:WWW) are unloading properties.
- Analysts have warned the flooded market could lead to some disappointing transaction prices or lease rates for the companies involved.
- What to watch: A merger between Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS) and Office Depot (NASDAQ:ODP) or a major retooling from Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) this year could add to the tally.
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.
Mon, Jan. 26, 11:17 AM
- Macy's (M -0.3%) will move into a new fulfillment center on the West Coast that is four times larger than its old complex.
- The commitment by the company to the 385K square foot building is another indication of the aggressive omnichannel strategy it is deploying nationwide.
- The new facility should help Macy's deliver online and mobile orders to customers faster and more efficiently.
Thu, Jan. 22, 10:57 AM
- YouGov is out with its best brands of 2014 ranking.
- The methodology from the firm is based on positive or negative consumer perception to a brand as tested throughout the year.
- Top 5 Retail clothing brands: Victoria's Secret (NYSE:LB), Old Navy (NYSE:GPS), Kohl's (NYSE:KSS), Macy's (NYSE:M), and Men's Warehouse (NYSE:MW).
- Perhaps a surprise, but the two biggest positive movers on the list were Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF) and Forever 21.
Tue, Jan. 20, 10:56 AM
- The Supreme Court passes on hearing a case over the level of swipe fees charged by banks to retailers.
- The cap on swipe fees will stand at $0.21-$0.24 following the high court decision.
- Intense lobbying from the financial services industry prompted the Fed to move off its original recommendation for a $0.12 cap.
- The National Retail Federation and other consumer groups have vowed to keep the fight going.
- Related stocks: V, MA, WMT, TGT, BBY, CVS, WBA, COST, HD, LOW, GPS, M.
Tue, Jan. 13, 1:04 PM
- Barclays sees dividend payouts on the S&P 500 increasing 7% this year to reach a yield of close to 2%.
- The investment firm recommends buying shares of companies in the index poised for top-line growth and dividend payout boosts.
- At least 6 consumer products/services companies make the Barclays list of attractive dividend stocks.
- Hershey (NYSE:HSY): 2.01% yield
- Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM): 2.24% yield
- PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP): 2.70% yield
- Lorillard (NYSE:LO): 3.80% yield
- Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN): 1.63% yield
- Macy's (NYSE:M): 1.89% yield
Sun, Jan. 11, 10:44 AM
- 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)
Fri, Jan. 9, 7:58 AM
- Macy's (NYSE:M) will form a team to explore starting an off-price business.
- An entry by the department store chain into the segment could be a disrupter due to Macy's scale and reach.
- Companies with an eye on the development include TJX Companies (NYSE:TJX), Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN), and Ross Stores (NASDAQ:ROST).
- Previously: Macy's to restructure; holiday comp +2.7% (Jan. 08 2015)
- M -2.7% premarket.
Thu, Jan. 8, 4:15 PM
- Macy's (NYSE:M) reports holiday sales rose 2.7%.
- The mark is above the mid-point of Q4 comp guidance for 2% to 3%.
- The company maintains FY14 EPS guidance.
- In a separate announcement, Macy's indicates a restructuring and concentrated store closings will lead a greater focus on digital channels.
- All Macy's and Bloomingdale's will increase their ability to fulfill online orders.
- M -1.9% after-hours.
Wed, Jan. 7, 9:48 AM
- Department store stocks are getting a good lift from the J.C. Penney holiday sales report.
- Advancers: Macy's (NYSE:M) +2.5%, Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) +2.5%, Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD) +2.5%, Kohl's (NYSE:KSS) +3.0%, Dillard's (NYSE:DDS) +2.5%, Bon-Ton Stores (NASDAQ:BONT) +1.6%.
- Previously: Sonic and J.C. Penney add to $2-gas lift in retail theory
Tue, Jan. 6, 8:30 PM
- Shares of J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP) reached as high as $7.90 in AH trading after the company topped the holiday same-store sales estimates of analysts.
- The stock hasn't traded over $8 since early December as short interest built up ahead of the holiday report.
- Per the norm, bulls and bears are battling it out on JCP. Bulls are lauding management for turning the retailer solidly in the right direction, while bears such as Imperial Capital's Mary Ross Gilbert claim margin-crunching promotions drove the sales gain.
- What to watch: JCP's free cash flow mark at the end of Q4 will be closely-analyzed.
- Sector fallout: Belus Capital's Brian Sozzi thinks the JCP result indicates other department store chains (JWN, KSS, DDS, M) are also poised to best consensus holiday SSS estimates.
- Previous on JCP: Sterne Agee warns, holiday sales report.
Dec. 19, 2014, 10:16 AM| 2 Comments
Dec. 19, 2014, 9:29 AM
- The Pacific Maritime Association and International Longshore & Warehouse Union are far apart in their negotiations on a new labor contract, according to reports.
- The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have seen a loss of productivity due to worker slowdown actions as the stalemate continues.
- FedEx (NYSE:FDX) warned yesterday that deliveries to retailers have been delayed more than expected. Both FedEx and UPS (NYSE:UPS) face extra logistical costs due to the shipping delays and could see a slight dip in total volume.
- Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU) is one of the few retailers to put a number to the shipment backup, saying Q4 revenue would be impacted by $10M.
- Other companies viewed as having some risk associated with the slowdown include Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), Ann (NYSE:ANN), Macy's (NYSE:M), Kohl's (NYSE:KSS), Ralph Lauren (NYSE:RL), and Carter's (NYSE:CRI).
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.
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