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February 5, 2014
05:36 EDTKORS, COHMichael Kors renews focus on menswear, WSJ reports
Michael Kors Holdings (KORS) plans to expand men's clothing and accessories into a $1B business, a potential threat to Coach (COH), reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
News For KORS;COH From The Last 14 Days
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October 31, 2014
16:24 EDTCOHStocks finish week higher after Japan stimulus, strong U.S. GDP growth
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07:49 EDTKORSMichael Kors has Q2 upside, says Morgan Stanley
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October 30, 2014
15:18 EDTKORSMichael Kors volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Michael Kors November weekly call option implied volatility is at 66, November is at 45, December is at 40, January is at 34, February is at 33; compared to its 26-week average of 35 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on November 4.
10:18 EDTCOHCoach October weekly calls active
Coach October weekly 34 and 35.4 calls are active on total call volume of 6700 contracts (400 puts) on speculation of activist investor stake. October weekly call option implied volatility is at 44, November is at 26, December is at 28, January is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 28 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
09:42 EDTCOHRumor: Coach moves up on speculation of activist investor stake
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October 29, 2014
10:00 EDTKORSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:13 EDTKORSMichael Kors downgraded at Janney Capital
As previously reported, Janney Capital downgraded Michael Kors to Neutral from Buy. The firm downgraded shares based on valuation, macro concerns, merchandising margin pressure, investment cycle, and maturation of North America.
05:59 EDTKORSMichael Kors downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
Janney Capital downgraded Michael Kors following the Q2 report citing valuation.
October 28, 2014
17:01 EDTCOHOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory despite two disappointing economic data points and a mixed report from social media giant Twitter (TWTR). The market moved in a narrow range for the opening half hour of trading but gained upside momentum following a much better than expected consumer confidence reading. The market continued to tack on points throughout the afternoon and closed at its highs, led by the Nasdaq, which gained 1.75% for the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., durable goods orders fell 1.3% in September, significantly undershooting expectations for them to have rise 0.7% in the month. The S&P Case-Shiller home price report showed prices were lower on a seasonally adjusted basis in the month of August compared to the prior month. A reading of consumer confidence surged to a seven-year high of 94.5 in October from a revised 89.0 final reading for September. The Richmond Fed's manufacturing index rose 6 points to 20 in October, beating expectations for it to have pulled back to 10. COMPANY NEWS: Twitter (TWTR) sunk $4.78, or 9.84%, to $43.78 after the social media company reported in-line profit and higher than expected Q3 revenue, but also reported a slowdown in user growth and provided weaker than expected Q4 guidance. Following last night's report, the stock was downgraded at RBC Capital, Nomura and Bank of America Merill Lynch to "Hold" or equivalent ratings, while Stifel lowered its rating on Twitter shares to Sell from Hold... Shares of Pfizer (PFE) edged up 6c, or 0.21%, to $29.09 after the pharmaceutical giant reported third quarter adjusted earnings per share and revenue that were a bit better than expected and narrowed its fiscal year profit outlook. Of note, Pfizer said during its earnings conference call that while proposed rule changes have made "inversions" more difficult, that meaningful value from inversion deals can still exists on a "case-by-case" basis. Shares of AstraZeneca (AZN), which was previously a target of Pfizer, gained 67c, or 0.95%, to $71.43 following Pfizer's comments. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Whirlpool (WHR), which advanced $10.66, or 6.77%, to $168.06, Cummins (CMI), which gained $9.22, or 6.81%, to $144.59, and Cliffs Natural (CLF), which jumped $2.05, or 22.19%, to $11.29. Among the noteworthy losers was Kohlís (KSS), which dropped $3.89, or 6.64%, to $54.66 after the department store operatorís outlook for third quarter same store sales and fiscal 2014 profit missed expectations. Also lower were shares of Coach (COH), which fell $2.15, or 5.95%, to $34.00 after the luxury handbag and accessory maker reported sales declined 9% on a constant currency basis in its first quarter. INDEXES: The Dow rose 187.81, or 1.12%, to 17,005.75, the Nasdaq advanced 78.36, or 1.75%, to 4,564.29, and the S&P 500 gained 23.42, or 1.19%, to 1,985.05.
11:58 EDTCOHStocks with call strike movement; COH DOW
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10:39 EDTCOHCoach hits fresh 52-week low following earnings, levels to watch
Shares earlier hit a fresh 52-week low at $33.25 following earnings that missed expectations. The $33 area has been a strong zone of support, notably in 2010, 2008, and 2006. Support below $33 is at $32.18. Resistance is at $34.93.
09:20 EDTCOHOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:09 EDTCOHCoach sees annual financial improvement beginning in FY16
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09:07 EDTCOHCoach sees low double digit decline in FY15 constant currency, reported sales
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08:59 EDTCOHCoach says still targeting China sales of over $600M in FY15
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08:11 EDTCOHCoach report Q1 EPS ex-items 53c, consensus 45c
07:02 EDTCOHCoach reports Q1 EPS 43c, consensus 45c
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October 27, 2014
15:36 EDTCOHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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07:13 EDTKORSMichael Kors Q2 earnings could beat by 5c-7c, says Piper Jaffray
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October 20, 2014
13:10 EDTKORSSteve Madden tumbles after providing preliminary Q3 results, FY14 outlook
Shares of shoe and accessory company Steve Madden (SHOO) are tumbling after the company announced preliminary third quarter results that were below analysts' consensus along with a reduction to its fiscal year 2014 outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Steve Madden announced that it is anticipating Q3 earnings per share to be approximately 61c-62c and net sales of $392M, below analysts' consensus estimates of 67c and $415.72M, respectively. The company noted that retail comparable store sales for the quarter are anticipated to be down 7.4%. Steve Madden also reduced its FY14 EPS outlook to $1.81-$1.86 from $2.00-$2.10, well below analysts' $2.02 consensus. The company lowered its net sales projection for the year, and now sees net sales up 1%-2% over fiscal year 2013 versus its previous net sales guidance for up 2%-4% over FY13. The new guidance factors in the recent acquisition of Dolce Vita and current expectations for remainder of the year. On August 14, Steve madden acquired Dolce Vita for $60.3M in cash and previously said the deal would be accretive to earnings in FY14 by 2c-3c and be "modestly accretive" in FY15. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Steve Madden's Chief Executive Officer Edward Rosenfeld said that the company's Q3 earnings were "disappointing" and were the result of weaker than expected retail segment performance. He believes that retail trends in the footwear space will continue to be difficult through the fourth quarter due to a lack of noteworthy fashion trends in the industry. The CEO said that the company's full-year guidance results from this pattern, along with a lowered reorder outlook in its wholesale segment. Rosenfeld is still confident, however, in the company's business model and believes that its acquisitions of Dolce Vita and its Mexican licensee will fuel the business forward over the long term. OTHERS TO WATCH: Competitors of Steve Madden include Michael Kors (KORS), Coach (COH), Kate Spade (KATE), and Vera Bradley. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Steve Madden fell $2.62 or 8.2%, to $29.32. Over the last twelve months, the stock has fallen over 15%.

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