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Financial News Week of May 22nd, 2017 Earnings Recap

COST, GME, BBY, GES, ANF News Commentary

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NEW YORK, May 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

U.S. stocks rose higher on Thursday, with the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ composite hitting record all-time highs. The S&P 500 closed higher at 2,415.07. The index has climbed for six straight days, marking its longest rally since February. The NASDAQ composite also ended Thursday's session with a record close, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.34 percent to 21,082.95. Better-than-expected earnings results from retailers helped boost the market. Investors are expecting that strong spending from U.S customers could fuel the economic growth. Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST), GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY), Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES), Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF).

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"Stocks are up, certainly helped by yesterday's release of the (Federal Open Market Committee) meeting minutes which suggested there will be a very gradual and thoughtful balance sheet normalization process," said Kristina Hooper, Global Market Strategist at Invesco. According to MarketWatch, Steve Chiavarone, Portfolio Manager at Federated Global Allocation Fund, also commented on the gains made by robust earnings, "A 15% earnings growth in the first quarter was all achieved without any fiscal stimulus, so investors can afford to be patient even as tax cuts and deregulation reforms are being delayed."

Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) is engaged in the operation of membership warehouses in the United States and Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Japan, Australia, Spain, and through its subsidiaries in Taiwan and Korea. The company's average warehouse space is approximately 144,000 square feet. Thursday after market the company announced earnings for the 3rd quarter of fiscal year 2017. Shares of the company jumped more than 1.6% in aftermarket trading session. Net sales for the quarter increased eight percent, to $28.22 billion from $26.15 billion last year. Net sales for the first thirty-six weeks increased six percent, to $84.82 billion from $80.34 billion last year.

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME) is an omnichannel video game retailer. The Company sells video game hardware, physical and digital video game software, video game accessories, as well as mobile and consumer electronics products and other merchandise through its GameStop, EB Games and Micromania stores. Thursday after market the company announced earnings for the 1st quarter of fiscal year 2017. Shares of the company fell more than more than 5.5% in aftermarket trading session. Total global sales increased 3.8% to $2.05 billion, resulting in consolidated comparable store sales growth of 2.3% (-2.4% in the U.S. and +17.1% internationally). New hardware sales increased 24.6%, led by the highly sought after Nintendo Switch. New software declined 8.2% due to the tough overlap of a few key AAA titles launched last year. Pre-owned sales declined 6.2%, in-line with the company's expectations. During the quarter, new hardware sales increased 25% due to strong demand for the Nintendo Switch, but new software sales were down 8%.

Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) on Thursday reported an unexpected increased in first-quarter comparable-store sales which rose 1.6 percent in the first quarter sending the shares up more than 18 percent. Total revenue rose 1 percent to $8.53 billion in the quarter ended April 29. While net income came in $188 million, or 60 cents per share. "We are pleased today to report strong top and bottom line results for the first quarter of fiscal 2018," said Hubert Joly, Chairman and CEO, Best Buy. "Our Q1 performance reflects the strength of our customer value proposition and continued momentum in the execution of our strategy. I want to thank all our associates across the company for their hard work in delivering these results."

Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES) designs, markets, distributes and licenses a lifestyle collections of apparel and accessories for men, women and children. The Company operates through five segments: Americas Retail, Europe, Asia, Americas Wholesale and Licensing. For the first quarter of fiscal 2018, the Company recorded GAAP net loss of $21.3 million, a 15.4% improvement compared to $25.2 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2017. GAAP diluted loss per share improved 13.3% to $0.26 for the first quarter of fiscal 2018, compared to $0.30 for the prior-year quarter.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) reported a net loss per diluted share of $0.91 for the first quarter ended April 29, 2017. In addition, the company reported an operating loss of $69.9 million for the first quarter which included the adverse impact from year over year changes in foreign currency exchange rates of approximately $5.3 million, compared to an operating loss of $54.9 million last year. Fran Horowitz, Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are encouraged by our progress across all brands, particularly in March and April as a whole, in an aggressively promotional environment. We are pleased with the performance of our largest brand, Hollister, as our strategic initiatives continue to deliver. Abercrombie comparable sales were in line with our expectations as we continue to apply the learnings from Hollister`s successes. Our focus on closeness to our customers enables us to adapt and execute better and faster, ensuring more consistent delivery of the right product at the right time, with the right brand voice, and through the right brand experience. We continue to tightly manage costs and inventory, and focus on execution to position our business for sustainable growth."

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