DSW is becoming new with a new mission and new marketing campaign to gain market share in a weak sector.
Thursday's recommendation was CONN and the stock was upgraded before the open and gapped higher by nearly $2. That negated the recommendation. We do not enter positions with a gap open of more than $1.
NEW BULLISH Plays
DSW - DSW Inc - Company Profile
DSW Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a branded footwear and accessories retailer in the United States. The company operates through two segments, DSW and Affiliated Business Group. The company offers dresses, casual and athletic footwear, and accessories under various brands for women, men, and kids. It also provides handbags, hosiery, jewelry, and other accessories. As of August 29, 2017, the company operated 511 stores in 43 states; dsw.com, an e-commerce site; and m.dsw.com, a mobile site, as well as supplied footwear to 379 leased locations in the United States. DSW Inc. was founded in 1917. Company description from FinViz.com.
The CEO recently said "we seen an opportunity to acquire market-share as the retail industry consolidates." "We have reinvigorated and positioned DSW to benefit, beginning with a new brand mission: We inspire self-expression."
They have reorganized their stores, updated their marketing, added customer merchandise and expanded their online presence. Marketing statement
They reported Q2 earnings of 38 cents compared to estimates for 29 cents. Revenue of $680.4 million beat estimates for $669.2 million. They guided for the full year for earnings of $1.45-$1.55 and analysts were only expecting $1.44.
They announced a new $500 million share buyback program on top of $33 million left over from the prior authorization.
Expected earnings Nov 21st.
Shares closed at a 5-month high on Friday and on the verge of breaking out of a 10-month consolidation period.
I really like the option on this position. We can buy $1 OTM for January for $1.35.
Buy DSW shares, currently $21.48, initial stop loss $19.50.
Alternate position: Jan $22.50 call, currently $1.35. No initial stop loss.
NEW BEARISH Plays
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Entry disclaimer: To avoid an unfavorable entry point, we will not launch a new play if the stock gaps more than $1.00 at the market open.