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JCP CEO says confident company will return to 'sustainable, profitable growth'

"I am pleased with the results we delivered this quarter and the progress we are making against our plan. While we still have work to do on our topline, I strongly believe that growing sales in an unprofitable way is simply not an option. The only way I know how to reconstruct a business, is through a holistic approach across all the key tenets of strategic, purposeful and effective retailing. Notably this quarter, the meaningful improvement we delivered in cost of goods sold was driven by lower permanent markdowns, improved shrink results, increased store and online selling margins and the exit of major appliance and in-store furniture categories. Additionally, we reduced inventory by 12.5 % as we continue to reinstate the discipline required to improve inventory management and productivity. Delivering on our customers' expectations relies heavily on our vendors and the portfolio of brands we offer. The ongoing dialogues and interactions we are having with our vendors are strong and positive - they are equally excited about our direction and are bringing new ideas and innovating with us," said Jill Soltau, chief executive officer of JCPenney. "Today we will begin sharing more insights from where we have been as a company and the holistic approach we are taking to reposition JCPenney to its rightful place in the retail landscape. We have attracted top talent in the industry and each of these passionate leaders made a choice to come to JCPenney at a pivotal time. Together, we are laser-focused on two parallel paths. One is building a framework to reestablish the practices needed to strengthen the day to day operations of our business. Concurrently, we are developing differentiating, transformational initiatives. The journey we are on will restore health back into our company. It is an ongoing process and the proposition we are implementing is for the long-term. We are not simply running a business - we are rebuilding a business. We are making a difference and today, I feel more confident than ever that we will reinvigorate and rejuvenate this great company to sustainable, profitable growth. I will continue providing updates as we move through our business plan and finalize a more comprehensive, long-term strategy for JCPenney."

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JCP J.C. Penney
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On The Fly: Top five analyst downgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst downgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Home Depot (HD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill with analyst Elizabeth Suzuki saying peak growth has passed. 2. J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Argus with analyst John Eade saying he anticipates continued losses for the stock for the next two years while also warning that at a current share price below $2, the company is operating with a more elevated risk. 3. Nvidia (NVDA) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley FBR and to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman Sachs. 4. Michael Kors (KORS) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer with analyst Brian Nagel saying he is "concerned" that ongoing challenges with inventory management and replenishment at the company's namesake brand and softness within fashion watches will weigh on top-line trends and potentially margins, just as management begins the integration of Versace. 5. TSMC (TSM) was downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley while UMC (UMC) was downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
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J.C. Penney looks best positioned to gain share from Sears, says Credit Suisse
Looking at potential near-term same-store sales lift Softlines Retail peers could see from share gains based on proximity to Sears (SHLD) stores amid a possible liquidation, Credit Suisse analyst Michael Binetti says J.C. Penney (JCP) and Burlington Stores (BURL) seem best positioned to gain share in 2019 due to close proximity. And while J.C. Penney looks best positioned to gain share from Sears, the analyst thinks the recent stock run-up is "a short-term bounce." Binetti does not see this as sustainable customer acquisition for J.C. Penney given the increased risk of closing destabilized malls, limited visibility to an improved merchandise strategy, and leverage constraints to growth investing. Overall, the analyst believes that while there may be some near-term share benefit, a Sears liquidation could be a bigger tipping point that will accelerate closures of already weakening U.S. C&D malls.
01/16/19
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Target $50
FBCO
Neutral
Nordstrom price target lowered to $50 from $55 at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse analyst Michael Binetti lowered his price target for Nordstrom (JWN) to $50 from $55 on weak full-price holiday adding to already clearance filled January. With Nordstrom adding to industry markdown issues, the analyst sees negative reads for J.C. Penney (JCP), Kohl's (KSS), Gap (GPS), but positive for Burlington Stores (BURL), Ross Stores (ROST), and TJX (TJX). Binetti reiterates a Neutral rating on Nordstrom shares.
07/25/19
OPCO
07/25/19
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Target $390
OPCO
Outperform
Ulta Beauty price target raised to $390 from $370 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer analyst Rupesh Parikh raised his price target for Ulta Beauty (ULTA) to $390 from $370 given the company's meaningful overlap with J.C. Penney (JCP) stores that have a Sephora inside and following media reports saying that the latter has hired advisors to explore debt restructuring options. While the company subsequently confirmed that it has not hired advisors for an in-court restructuring or bankruptcy, the analyst points out that he views Ulta Beauty as a potential beneficiary of any store rationalization down the road at J.C. Penney. Parikh says Ulta remains a top pick, and reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.

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