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February 4, 2014
11:48 EDTKORS, FOSL, RL, COHMichael Kors hits 52-week high after raising 2014 outlook
Shares of handbag and other luxury goods maker Michael Kors (KORS) are soaring after the company's third quarter results surpassed analysts' expectations and it raised its fiscal 2014 guidance. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Michael Kors reported third quarter earnings per share of $1.11 and revenue of $1.0B, easily surpassing analysts' consensus estimates of 86c and $859.94M, respectively. The company also reported Q3 same store sales increased 27.8%. Michael Kors raised its FY14 EPS view to $3.07-$3.09 from $2.77-$2.81, compared to consensus of $2.83. It also raised its FY14 revenue view to $3.18B-$3.19B from $2.9B-$3.0B, versus consensus of $3.03B. The outlook assumed a SSS increase of approximately 25%, higher than its previous forecast for a 20% gain. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, research firm Jefferies said the holiday quarter results clearly show the brand's dominance, but was likely the peak for the company. Jefferies cautioned investors against assuming the company's market share gains would continue at their current pace, believing that its market cap relative to sales trends was high. Jefferies reiterated its Hold rating on the shares, but did raise its price target to $85 from $80. Jefferies also said it would use today's strong report from Kors as an opportunity to buy Fossil (FOSL), which it noted has exposure to Kors' watch licensing business and which the firm views as having a more reasonable valuation. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Michael Kors soared over 17% to $90.02 on more than three times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $93.18 and it's up over 65% in the past twelve months. Shares of Fossil were up more than 5% to $113.79. OTHERS TO WATCH: Michael Kors' competitors include Ralph Lauren (RL), which was up 0.6% to $154.60, and Coach (COH), which fell 1.5% to $45.81 in late morning trading.
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October 29, 2014
09:24 EDTRLRalph Lauren says FX rates have become 'substantial headwind' over last 3 months
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09:19 EDTRLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Goodyear Tire (GT), up 10%... Electronic Arts (EA), up 3.7%... ZELTIQ (ZLTQ), up 9%... Eaton (ETN), up 2.3%... Anadarko (APC), up 2%... U.S. Steel (X), up 7.7%... IAC (IACI), up 3.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), up 12% after reporting quarterly results, announcing plan to spin off Ferrari... Cara Therapeutics (CARA), up 17.8% after HAL trial of IV formulation of CR845 met primary endpoint... Jamba (JMBA), up 4% after upgraded at Wedbush. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Facebook (FB), down 5.7%... Gilead (GILD), down 3.2%... Ralph Lauren (RL), down 2.3%... SodaStream (SODA), down 3%... Garmin (GRMN), down 5%... Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC), down 9.9%... STMicroelectronics (STM), down 10%... Ballard Power (BLDP), down 8.7%... Hershey (HSY), down 3.3%... Deutsche Bank (DB), down 2.3%... McKesson (MCK), down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Sanofi (SNY), down 5.7% after downgraded at various firms including Barclays and BofA/Merrill after the company's board removed Christopher Viehbacher as CEO... InvenSense (INVN), down 22%, downgraded at Pacific Crest, Northland and Piper Jaffray following the company's Q2 earnings results... CareTrust REIT (CTRE), down 3.6% after acquiring Cross Healthcare Seniors housing portfolio... Orbital (ORB), down 16% after Orb-3 launch mishap... American Realty (ARCP), down 22% after announcing resignations of CFO, CAO.
08:06 EDTRLRalph Lauren sees Q3 consolidated net revenue up 3%-5%
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08:06 EDTRLRalph Lauren now sees FY15 consolidated revenue up 5%-7% vs. previous 6%-8% view
The Company is maintaining its constant dollar outlook for Fiscal 2015. However, as a result of recent, unfavorable foreign currency movements, the Company now expects consolidated net revenues for Fiscal 2015 to increase by 5%-7% compared to its previous outlook of 6%-8% growth. The Fiscal 2015 operating margin is still estimated to be approximately 75-125 basis points below Fiscal 2014ís level, likely at the mid-to-low end of that range due to incrementally negative foreign currency movements. The full year Fiscal 2015 tax rate is estimated at 30%.
08:05 EDTRLRalph Lauren reports Q2 EPS $2.25, consensus $2.06
Reports Q2 revenue $2B, consensus $2.02B.
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.
15:44 EDTRLNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Southern Company (SO), consensus $1.07; Phillips 66 (PSX), consensus $1.75; Automatic Data Processing (ADP), consensus 60c; Praxair (PX), consensus $1.63; WellPoint (WLP), consensus $2.27; Exelon (EXC), consensus 73c; Eaton (ETN), consensus $1.23; Hess (HES), consensus $1.08; TE Connectivity (TEL), consensus $1.00; McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI), consensus 94c; Waste Management (WM), consensus 68c; Hershey (HSY), consensus $1.08; Ralph Lauren (RL), consensus $2.06; Wisconsin Energy (WEC), consensus 53c; Garmin (GRMN), consensus 71c; Sealed Air (SEE), consensus 46c; DENTSPLY (XRAY), consensus 60c; Goodyear Tire (GT), consensus 70c; Revlon (REV), one estimate 45c; Booz Allen (BAH), consensus 41c; Carlyle Group (CG), consensus 54c.
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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