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August 12, 2014
16:32 EDTICPT, TRAK, KORS, DNDN, KATEOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory and remained there for most of the session. The averages moved in a narrow range as the summer doldrums have set in, leaving little in the way of both volume and volatility. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB's small business confidence index rose 0.7% to 95.7 in July, though that was below the expectation for a 96.0 reading. The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey showed job openings rose 94K to 4.671M in June. The Treasury posted a $94.6B budget deficit in July, which was not as steep as the $96.0B deficit that was projected. In Germany, the ZEW Center's economic sentiment index fell to 8.6 in August from 27.1 in July, compared to the consensus forecast for a decrease to 17. COMPANY NEWS: Accessory and clothing retailer Kate Spade (KATE) initially advanced in pre-market trading and was higher early in the session after the company reported second quarter adjusted earnings per share and sales that beat analysts' consensus forecast. However, the stock reversed and moved into negative territory during the company's associated conference call, during which it said it was "responsible to reevaluate the timeframe" to achieve its previously laid out targets for 2016, citing a longer than expected Kate Spade Saturday ramp-up, its revised 2014 margin rate outlook, and the company's limited visibility into 2016. For the day, the stock declined $9.87, or 25.39%, to $29.00. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT), which rose $39.34, or 16.59%, to $276.52 after data from a trial of its liver disease drug OCA showed improved safety as well as a statistical benefit in reversing liver fibrosis. Also higher was DealerTrack (TRAK), which advanced $7.32, or 18.73%, to $46.40 after the company reported higher than expected second quarter earnings and raised its 2014 EPS outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was Dendreon (DNDN), which dropped 72c, or 33.96%, to $1.40 after reporting its Q2 revenue in a regulatory filing and disclosing the company sees a "significant risk" that it will not be able to repay or refinance its 2016 Notes. The company also acknowledged it is currently considering alternatives to the repayment of the 2016 Notes, some of which could result in leaving its current stockholders "with little or no financial ownership of Dendreon." Also lower were shares of Michael Kors (KORS), which fell $2.55, or 3.19%, to $77.44 in a potential reaction to the cautious margin guidance and commentary about the promotional retail environment from peer Kate Spade. INDEXES: The Dow fell 9.44, or 0.06%, to 16,560.54, the Nasdaq dropped 12.08, or 0.27%, to 4,389.25, and the S&P 500 slid 3.17, or 0.16%, to 1,933.75.
News For KATE;KORS;ICPT;DNDN;TRAK From The Last 14 Days
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July 31, 2015
15:11 EDTKATEKate Spade volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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05:47 EDTKORSStocks with implied volatility movement; KORS VALE
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July 30, 2015
10:18 EDTKORSMichael Kors call activity attributed to takeover speculation
Michael Kors July 40 and 40.5 calls are active on total call volume of 2500 contracts (300 puts) amid speculation private equity is interested in the company. July weekly call option implied volatility is at 40, August is at 52, September is at 42; compared to its 52-week range of 23 to 54. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement,
10:13 EDTKORSRumor: Michael Kors strength attributed to takeover speculation
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July 29, 2015
10:00 EDTKORSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:14 EDTKORSMichael Kors initiated with a Hold at BB&T
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08:06 EDTTRAKDealerTrack secures customer wins for incadea.myengine automotive DMS solution
Dealertrack Technologies announced it has secured several customer wins for its incadea.myengine automotive DMS solution. Munich-based incadea will strengthen its presence in several growth markets, including Europe, Africa and Latin America, by leveraging the uniquely competitive value of its Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013-based scalable DMS solution.
July 28, 2015
10:23 EDTKORS, KATEBMO Capital says high-end handbag makers to stay weak
High end handbag makers Coach (COH), Kate Spade (KATE) and Michael Kors (KORS) are continuing to struggle and their share prices are likely to remain weak, research firm BMO Capital wrote in a note to investors today. The firm significantly cut its price targets on all three names. WHAT'S NEW: Consumers are spending less on high-end handbags as they increase the amount they allocate to other areas, including travel, leisure and apparel, BMO Capital analyst John Morris stated. Consequently, the North American handbag market was expanding at a 5% rate at the end of June, down from a high single digit rate earlier this year, according to Morris. Meanwhile, competition within the space is mounting and handbag price wars are continuing, the analyst stated. Although handbag stocks have dropped significantly and their valuations appear attractive, they are "falling knives," the analyst warned. Assessing the status of specific companies, Morris says that Kate Spade has avoided implementing major price cuts on its products, though its comparative sales and "mind share" have suffered as a result of that decision and stores are displaying its products less prominently. Coach's stock suggests that investors expect the company's fundamentals to rebound, but Morris thinks that their optimism may be premature. The pace of the company's improvement "remains challenging," and it is likely to be hurt by a decline of U.S. tourism, he believes. Also likely to be hurt by declines in tourism is Michael Kors, the analyst stated. The prices of Michael Kors' products are being reduced by retailers, its gross margins are sinking and its watch business is weak, Morris warned. He reduced his price target on Kate Spade to $19 from $30, on Coach to $28 from $37 and on Michael Kors to $40 from $51. The analyst kept Market Perform ratings on all three stocks. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Kate Spade was little changed at $18.75, Coach fell 0.5% to $30.60 and Michael Kors was fractionally higher at $39.17.
09:04 EDTKATE, KORSHandbag makers estimates, price targets lowered at BMO Capital
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July 27, 2015
10:13 EDTTRAKHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTTRAKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:34 EDTTRAKDealerTrack downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded DealerTrack to Market Perform citing the pending acquisition by Cox Automotive. Wells raised its price target range for shares to $63-$64 from $52-$55.
July 24, 2015
08:04 EDTTRAKCox, Dealertrack receive second DOJ request for additional material
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July 23, 2015
10:00 EDTKORSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:48 EDTKORSMichael Kors downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
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