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August 4, 2014
13:25 EDTRL, KORS, KATE, COHMichael 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.
News For KORS;COH;KATE;RL From The Last 14 Days
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January 23, 2015
10:02 EDTKORS, KATEOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AmSurg (AMSG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Anglo American (AAUKY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Autobytel (ABTL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Ascendiant... Charles River Labs (CRL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... CubeSmart (CUBE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Cypress Semiconductor (CY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... E-Trade (ETFC) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Kate Spade (KATE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... LinkedIn (LNKD) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Matthews (MATW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Meridian Bioscience (VIVO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... NIC Inc. (EGOV) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Maxim... Natural Grocers (NGVC) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nucor (NUE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Smith & Wesson (SWHC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dougherty... Ternium (TX) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Union Pacific (UNP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... ZAGG (ZAGG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
07:01 EDTKORSMichael Kors to open flagship store in Japan's Ginza
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06:37 EDTKORSMichael Kors upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho
06:37 EDTKATEKate Spade upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho
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06:09 EDTCOHCoach January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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January 21, 2015
10:01 EDTKORSOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ashford Hospitality (AHT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Bazaarvoice (BV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... CVS Health (CVS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Camden Property (CPT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ConocoPhillips (COP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Cree (CREE) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... DDR Corp. (DDR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Esperion (ESPR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... FXCM (FXCM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Fair Isaac (FICO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Golar LNG (GLNG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Nordea... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Host Hotels (HST) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... J.M. Smucker (SJM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kilroy Realty (KRC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded at Nomura... Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Santander Mexico (BSMX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Strategic Hotels (BEE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... The Medicines Co. (MDCO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Wolseley (WOSYY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
09:25 EDTKORSMichael Kors estimates remain ahead of consensus at ITG Research
ITG Research's data indicates Michael Kors year-over-year traffic trends ramped in October and peaked in early December but remains substantially stronger than trends observed coming out of Q2 and the firm's Q3 revenue estimates remains above consensus.
08:00 EDTKORSMichael Kors upgraded to Outperform at Cowen
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06:02 EDTKORSMichael Kors upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
January 20, 2015
06:57 EDTKORSMichael Kors relative valuation looks compelling, says Piper Jaffray
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January 16, 2015
10:45 EDTCOHCoach January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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10:01 EDTCOH, KORSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... CBS (CBS) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Cabela's (CAB) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Coach (COH) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Costco (COST) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Crane (CR) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Imperva (IMPV) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... KLX Inc. (KLXI) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... KNOT Offshore Partners (KNOP) initiated with a Buy at UBS... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Northstar Realty (NRF) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... OmniVision (OVTI) initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt... Qorvo (QRVO) initiated with a Buy at Brean ... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... SPX Corp. (SPW) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... TJX (TJX) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Viacom (VIAB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Xylem (XYL) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... iGATE (IGTE) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... lululemon (LULU) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein.
08:43 EDTCOHCoach sales activity below plan, says Goldman
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January 15, 2015
17:07 EDTKORSMichael Kors initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein
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17:06 EDTCOHCoach initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein
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09:42 EDTKORSMichael Kors mentioned positively at OTR Global
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January 12, 2015
10:15 EDTCOHFormer Coach CEO Frankfort joins Sycamore Partners
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