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*Sees 1st- quarter earnings $0.12- $0.18/ shr vs est $0.41/ shr. March 12- Express Inc forecast profit to slide by more than half in the current quarter, making it the latest U.S. apparel retailer to warn of an ongoing impact from deep discounts and declines in store traffic.
In the past two days, U.S. apparel retailers, American Eagle Outfitters and Urban Outfitters Inc have warned that results in the current quarter would be hurt by stiff competition and choppy sales trends at malls.
*Men's Wearhouse to acquire Jos. A. Bank Clothiers. Shares of retailers American Eagle and Urban Outfitters fell sharply after disappointing outlooks. They're just taking some money off the table, "said Frank Lesh, futures analyst and broker at FuturePath Trading LLC in Chicago.
*J.C. Penney jumps after Citi upgrade. *Copper prices fall to lowest since July 2010. "When you get a slow data week, markets tend to get a little jittery and slow," said Quincy Krosby, market strategist at Prudential Financial in Newark, New Jersey.
*Says expects 1st- qtr earnings/share $0.00 vs est $0.13. March 11- Teen apparel retailer American Eagle Outfitters Inc forecast current-quarter earnings below analysts' estimates as it struggles to attract shoppers amid intense competition from "fast fashion" chains.
*J.C. Penney jumps after Citi upgrade. *Urban Outfitters tumbles after warning. NEW YORK, March 11- U.S. stocks were little changed on Tuesday as investors found few reasons to push the S&P 500 above its recent record high, as tensions in Ukraine continued.
*Says expects 1st- quarter earnings/share $0.00 vs est $0.13. March 11- Teen apparel retailer American Eagle Outfitters Inc forecast earnings for the current quarter that fell short of analysts' expectations, saying a severe winter had hurt demand.
March 10- Teen apparel retailer Urban Outfitters Inc reported lower-than-expected quarterly sales, citing severe winter weather in the United States, and said it was "very cautious" on its current-quarter performance.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat-to-higher open on Monday, after Asian stocks plunged following poor data out of both Japan and China.
NEW YORK, March 7- Friday's stronger-than-expected payrolls report did more than ease concerns about U.S. economic fundamentals- it also seemed to justify Wall Street's record levels, suggesting the market's uptrend could continue.
Urban Outfitters began its rollout into the red-hot athletic apparel market earlier this month, bringing new competition to Lululemon and Athleta.
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NEW YORK, Feb 21- After taking a hammering during the last recession, the U.S. birth rate is expected to begin to recover in the next two years, demographers say. Major rivals, such as Gap Inc and Gymboree Co., rely more on their own stores in malls.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
Companies making headlines after the bell Monday.
A number of retailers have said that traffic levels continue to struggle, and experts say the heavy promotional environment has also persisted.
Wall Street analysts are adjusting their 2014 forecasts for retail, and although they're generally cautious, they do see some positive signs.
*Apple leads tech sector lower; S&P tech index off 1 pct. All 10 S&P 500 sectors were lower, with tech among the biggest drags after Wells Fargo downgraded Apple Inc to "market perform" from "outperform," saying the company's market cap had limited upside potential without material market share gains.
A number of specialty stores have pumped the brakes on their dramatic discounts, but department stores are still offering big price cuts.
*Retailers rise; MasterCard data shows holiday sales growth. NEW YORK, Dec 26- U.S. stocks rose on Thursday, with the Dow and S&P 500 ending at record highs as retail shares rallied following strong data about the holiday shopping season.