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June 5, 2014
10:10 EDTANF, RL, PIR, NKE, M, KSS, JCP, GPS, FL, DG, DKS, COH, BBY, TIFBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Retailing Analyst Group discuss monthly sales, earnings, stocks and industry trends on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on June 5 at 1 pm.
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July 21, 2014
09:01 EDTTIFTiffany names Frederic Cumenal as CEO, effective April 1, 2015
09:01 EDTTIFTiffany CEO Michael Kowalski to retire, effective March 31, 2015
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July 18, 2014
18:12 EDTMVisa, MasterCard denied bid to dismiss opt-out swipe fee suits, Bloomberg says
Merchants that opted out of the swipe-fee settlement brought their own suits, which Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) were not approved to dismiss, Bloomberg reports. Merchants such as Target (TGT) and Macy’s (M) pursued their cases after dropping out of an earlier settlement over swipe fees, Bloomberg added. Reference Link
11:45 EDTCOHJefferies sees further risk for Michael Kors despite recent decline
Michael Kors' (KORS) margin pressures and slowing same-store sales growth, along with high expectations for the company, are reasons to be cautious on the stock, research firm Jefferies wrote in a note to investors today. The firm cut its price target on the luxury accessories retailer to $80 from $95. WHAT'S NEW: Michael Kors' same-store sales are slowing, while the company's gross margins are coming under pressure due to increased discounts of its products and its roll out of new stores, Jefferies analyst Randal Konik wrote. Additionally, investors' high expectations for the company will make it difficult for the stock to appreciate even if its results beat expectations, the analyst stated. Even with shares pulling back over the past few days, Konik says risk remains skewed to the downside and kept a Hold rating on the stock. Of note, this is the second time in two weeks that Jefferies cut its estimates for the company. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Expressing a very different outlook yesterday on Michael Kors was Credit Suisse analyst Christian Buss. Michael Kors is "one of the least discounted brands available during the seasonal clearance period ahead of early fall shipments" according to Buss, who wrote that he was "compelled" by the recent decline in the stock. The analyst reiterated a $107 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: The company's competitors include Kate Spade (KATE) and Coach (COH). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Michael Kors was nearly flat near $82 per share.
10:40 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney call active on renewed takeover chatter
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10:28 EDTJCPRumor: J.C. Penney moves up on renewed takeover chatter
July 17, 2014
13:14 EDTCOHMichael Kors rises after analyst sees less discounting than peers
Shares of accessories designer Michael Kors (KORS) are slightly higher in a down market after Credit Suisse said that the company's brands are less likely to be on sale than those of its competitors. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors, Credit Suisse analyst Christian Buss wrote that Michael Kors' products are "one of the least discounted brands available during the seasonal clearance period ahead of early fall shipments." At mid-tier department stores, 25% of Michael Kors' products are on sale with an average markdown of 27%, Buss reported. On average, 35% of the products of the company's peers are on sale, at an average discount of 27%, the analyst stated. Additionally, Michael Kors' channel strategy provides it with multiple advantages, including brand integrity and limits on markdowns, Buss believes. Buss wrote that he was "compelled" by the recent drop in the stock, and reiterated a $107 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Also upbeat on Michael Kors today was research firm Canaccord. Markdowns of the company's products are not any larger than last year, and concerns about large discounts on its products have created a buying opportunity, the firm contended. Canaccord continues to believe that the accessories maker has strong long-term growth opportunities, and it kept a $123 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Michael Kors gained 2% to $83. Two of the company's competitors, Coach (COH) and Kate Spade (KATE), rose fractionally.
10:00 EDTPIROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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July 16, 2014
17:24 EDTPIRPier 1 Imports initiated with a Buy at Nomura
Target $22.
17:14 EDTDGIcahn: Dollar General CEO leaving may impact possible deal with Family Dollar
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17:08 EDTDGIcahn disappointed Dollar General CEO leaving
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15:54 EDTDGPeltz says 'not satisfied' with performance at Family Dollar
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13:18 EDTFLFoot Locker Q2 sales and comps tracking ahead of Street, says ITG Research
ITG said Foot Locker's Q2 sales and comps are tracking ahead of Street expectations.
12:22 EDTBBYBest Buy calls active on speculation of an activist investor stake
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11:14 EDTFLFoot Locker weakness a buying opportunity, says Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee said weakness in last weeks basketball sales at Foot Locker was the result of the shift of the Jordan launch by one week and that basketball and other sales remain healthy.
10:24 EDTBBYRumor: Best Buy moves up on speculation of an activist investor stake
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July 15, 2014
12:31 EDTCOHMichael Kors sinks after analysts issue bearish notes
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09:29 EDTNKECorning names Nike CFO Donald Blair to board
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July 14, 2014
08:01 EDTNKEManchester United reaches agreement with Adidas
Manchester United (MANU) has reached a ten year agreement with Adidas (ADDYY) for a global technical sponsorship and dual branded licensing deal for a minimum guarantee of GBP750M, subject to certain adjustments, beginning with the 2015-2016 campaign. For the 2014-2015 season, Nike (NKE) will continue in its role of technical sponsor and trademark licensee.
July 13, 2014
15:18 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney CEO successor search faces setback, WSJ says
It appears that J.C. Penney (JCP) is not having an easy time of identifying a successor for current CEO Myron Ullman, says the Wall Street Journal. According to the WSJ report, Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSN (HSNI), who is considered the lead candidate for Ullman's position, had been in talks with J.C. Penney but could not agree on terms and negotiations broke down moths ago. Reference Link
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