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January 31, 2014
11:51 EDTCLF, KORSStocks with call strike movement; CLF KORS
Cliffs Natural (CLF) February 21.5 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 79, Michael Kors (KORS) February weekly 90 call option implied volatility increased 5% to 80 according to IVolatility.
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July 21, 2014
12:11 EDTCLFStocks with call strike movement; PBR CLF
Petrobras (PBR) October 20 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 44, Cliffs Natural (CLF) October 17 call option implied volatility increased 7% to 48 according to IVolatility
09:05 EDTKORSKors calls speculation of analyst 'heads up' false, unfounded, TheStreet says
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09:00 EDTKORSMichael Kors weakness overdone, says Morgan Stanley
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08:07 EDTCLFCliffs Natural urges vote in favor of seven Cliffs nominees
Cliffs Natural Resources issued an open letter to shareholders in connection with its upcoming 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, stating in part: "Cliffs' July 29 Annual Meeting of Shareholders is right around the corner and you have an important and strategic choice to make regarding the composition of the Cliffs Board and the future direction of your company. Last week, Cliffs announced that we reduced our slate from nine to seven candidates in order to provide shareholders with a clear path to vote consistently with the recommendations of Institutional Shareholder Services and Glass Lewis & Co without inadvertently providing Casablanca Capital with a majority of the Board of Directors as a result of Cliffs' cumulative voting provision... Surrendering a majority of the Board will enable Casablanca to enact what we believe is a value-destructive plan, including a "fire sale" of Cliffs' assets at the bottom of the commodity cycle."
08:04 EDTKORSMichael Kors weakness a buying opportunity, says Topeka
Topeka said recent checks do not indicate substantial markdown or clearance activity in the Michael Kors brand, contrary to some reports. The firm would use recent weakness as a buying opportunity and reiterates its Buy rating and $117 price target.
July 18, 2014
11:45 EDTKORSJefferies 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.
11:34 EDTKORSOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:05 EDTCLFCasablanca calls Cliffs Natural revised proxy 'desperate ploy'
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08:15 EDTCLFCliffs Natural announces revised proxy with ISS, Glass Lewis recommendations
Cliffs Natural announced that it has revised its WHITE proxy card to provide shareholders with a clear path to vote consistently with the recommendations of Institutional Shareholder Services, or ISS, and Glass Lewis without inadvertently providing Casablanca Capital with a majority of the board as a result of Cliffs' cumulative voting provision. While both proxy solicitation firms have recommended shareholders support four Casablanca nominees, they have recommended that Cliffs' nominees should remain as the majority of Cliffs' board. As such, Cliffs' board has reduced its slate of directors to be elected at the 2014 Annual Meeting from nine to seven candidates, with Barry J. Eldridge and Stephen M. Johnson no longer standing for re-election. With this change, shareholders can vote the company's WHITE proxy card in order to elect four of Casablanca's nominees and seven of Cliffs' nominees, which is in line with both ISS' and Glass Lewis' recommendations. In addition, Cliffs' board is offering to include Lourenco Goncalves, Joseph Rutkowski, Gabriel Stoliar, and Douglas Taylor on Cliffs' WHITE proxy card, subject to such individuals providing Cliffs with their consent to include their names on Cliffs' proxy card.
07:32 EDTKORSMichael Kors price target lowered to $80 from $95 at Jefferies
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July 17, 2014
13:14 EDTKORSMichael 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.
11:48 EDTKORSStocks with call strike movement; ADSK KORS
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11:23 EDTKORSOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:50 EDTCLFEgan-Jones recommends Cliffs Natural investors vote for director nominees
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07:57 EDTKORSMichael Kors promo concerns creates buying opportunity, says Canaccord
Canaccord said promotional activity concerns at Michael Kors have created a buying opportunity. The firm said markdowns were no bigger than last year, suggesting a standard seasonal markdown in anticipation of fall deliveries. Canaccord believes long term growth opportunities remain robust at Kors and keeps a Buy rating and $123 price target on the shares.
07:45 EDTKORSMichael Kors discounting well below industry averages, says Credit Suisse
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05:13 EDTCLFISS, Glass Lewis recommend Cliffs Natural holders vote GOLD proxy card
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July 16, 2014
10:44 EDTKORSOptions with increasing implied volatility: KORS TWX RVBD
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10:00 EDTKORSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:51 EDTKORSMichael Kors downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
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