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August 4, 2014
13:25 EDTRL, COH, KORS, KATEMichael Kors retreats after reporting margin decline
Shares of luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) are falling after the company reported stronger than expected results for the first quarter of its fiscal 2015, but said that its gross margins had dropped during the quarter. The company also estimated that its gross margin would drop in fiscal 2015. Analysts were divided on the company's outlook following the results. WHAT'S NEW: Michael Kors reported first quarter earnings per share of 91c, compared with analysts' consensus estimate of 81c. The company's revenue came in nearly $70M above expectations at $919.2M. However, Michael Kors' retail operating margin fell to 29.7% last quarter from 31.7% during the same period a year earlier, partially due to increased discounts. The company warned that its retail gross margin would likely decline about half a percentage point this year. On a positive note, the accessories designer provided fiscal 2015 EPS guidance of $4.00-$4.05, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $3.96. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Sterne Agee analyst Ike Boruchow wrote that "red flags abound" for the company. Specifically, Michael Kors' gross margins look poised to come under pressure as its spending is accelerating, the analyst warned. Meanwhile, the company's inventories were "heavy," and its first Fall products were not well-received by customers, the analyst stated. Although it remains to be seen if the red flags will become a "tipping point" for Michael Kors' profitability, investors should stay on the sidelines on the name until the outcome becomes more certain, advised Boruchow, who lowered his price target on the shares to $85 from $92 and kept a Neutral rating on the stock. Conversely, Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Robert Ohmes wrote that the "impressive momentum" of Michael Kors should continue, partly due to its expected launch of new products for men this fall, its "impressive" growth in Europe, its launch of 100 new footwear shops, and strong licensing revenue. He expects the company's results to continue beating expectations and said that today's pullback in the stock has created a buying opportunity. OTHERS TO WATCH: Michael Kors' competitors include Coach (COH), Kate Spade (KATE) and Ralph Lauren (RL). PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Michael Kors slumped 6.6% to $76.42.
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April 24, 2015
07:49 EDTCOHCoach May weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Coach May weekly call option implied volatility is at 68, May is at 40, June is at 30, August is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on April 28.
April 23, 2015
10:06 EDTKATEKate Spade May call activity attributed to takeover chatter
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06:03 EDTKORSMichael Kors implied volatility of 24 at lower end of index mean range
April 22, 2015
06:00 EDTKORSMichael Kors implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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April 21, 2015
10:01 EDTCOHOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... BioCryst (BCRX) initiated with an Outperform at FBR... Bovie Medical (BVX) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Calavo Growers (CVGW) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Clorox (CLX) initiated with a Sector Weight at KeyBanc... Coach (COH) initiated with a Sell, $32 target at Cantor... Compugen (CGEN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Corcept Therapeutics (CORT) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Criteo (CRTO) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... CytRx (CYTR) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Dollar Tree (DLTR) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Genocea (GNCA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Geron (GERN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Home Depot (HD) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... HubSpot (HUBS) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Jernigan Capital (JCAP) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... La Jolla (LJPC) initiated with an Outperform, $43 target at Oppenheimer... Lowe's (LOW) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Lumber Liquidators (LL) initiated with a Buy, $45 target at Cantor... New Residential (NRZ) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Rent-A-Center (RCII) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Rubicon Project (RUBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... SolarCity (SCTY) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... SolarEdge (SEDG) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Spectrum Brands (SPB) initiated with an Overweight at KeyBanc... Summit Materials (SUM) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Synergy Resources (SYRG) initiated with a Buy at KLR Group... Synta Pharmaceuticals (SNTA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... TJX (TJX) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... TubeMogul (TUBE) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Zafgen (ZFGN) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital.
08:51 EDTCOHCoach Q3 North American estimates remain above consensus at ITG Research
ITG Research's analysis indicates Coach's Q3 North American sales are $530M, above consensus of $512M.
08:49 EDTCOHCoach North American sales remain ahead of consensus, says ITG Research
08:40 EDTCOHCoach competition could impact a margin recovery, says Goldman
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April 20, 2015
16:26 EDTCOHCoach initiated with a Sell, $32 target at Cantor
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10:00 EDTKORSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:18 EDTKORS, KATEMichael Kors downgraded to Neutral with $70 target at Mizuho
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06:11 EDTKORSMichael Kors downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho
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06:10 EDTKORSMichael Kors implied volatility of 24 at lower end of index mean range
April 16, 2015
10:15 EDTCOHCoach May volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Coach May weekly call option implied volatility is at 44, May is at 33, August is at 28, November is at 26; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results.
10:06 EDTCOHCoach trades higher, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTCOHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:55 EDTKORSMichael Kors view changed to Mixed from Positive at OTR Global (pre-open)
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05:55 EDTCOH, KORSCoach upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Joan Payson upgraded Coach to Overweight citing greater confidence in the designer's ability to grow domestic store comps with its turnaround "well underway." She expects Coach's competitive pressures to ease and raised her price target for shares to $50 from $38. The maker of handbags closed yesterday down 28c to $41.76. Payson also lowered her price target for shares of Michael Kors (KORS) to $60 from $70 and keeps an Equal Weight rating on the name. She believes Kors may soon be in need of transformation. The analyst keeps an Equal Weight rating on Tiffany (TIF), calling the company a "work in progress."
April 14, 2015
17:02 EDTCOHCrocs appoints Coach International Group president Ian Bickley to board
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09:20 EDTKATEKate Spade's department store sales strong during Q1, says OTR Global
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