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May 2, 2014
10:57 EDTKATE, KORSNomura upbeat on Michael Kors, Kate Spade
Accessory designers Michael Kors (KORS) and Kate Spade (KATE) were both initiated with Buy ratings in notes to investors earlier today by Japanese bank Nomura. WHAT'S NEW: Michael Kors should continue to gain market share, with comparable sale gains in double digit percentage levels, Nomura analyst Simeon Siegel wrote in his initiation note. The company should also be boosted by the continuing expansion of its licensing business, and it is poised to continue to generate best in class revenue growth, added Siegel. The analyst set a $116 price target on the stock. Similarly, Siegel expects Kate Spade to generate share gains and double digit comparative sale growth. Also likely to boost the company are increased global luxury spending, international expansion, and further e-commerce traction, contended the analyst ,who set a $41 price target on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yesterday research firm Piper Jaffray wrote that Michael Kors appears to be gaining market share in the North American handbag market. On April 23, Citigroup stated that Kate Spade's stock can advance more than that of Michael Kors in 2014. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Michael Kors gained 1.3% to $93.61, while Kate Spade's stock was little changed near $35 per share.
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January 29, 2015
11:08 EDTKORSMichael Kors volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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08:57 EDTKATEKate Spade, Lane Crawford Joyce Group announce partnership
Kate Spade and Walton Brown, a subsidiary of The Lane Crawford Joyce Group, Asia's premier fashion retail and brand management group, today announced the companies have formed joint ventures focused on scaling and accelerating Kate Spade's growth in Greater China, continuing its geographic expansion plans. The newly formed partnership will leverage the expertise of Walton Brown, and the global demand for Kate Spade & Company products, to establish a strategic network of stores in key cities, enhanced by a robust organizational and marketing platform across China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. The combined transactions are expected to include a $3M payment to E-Land to acquire its interest in Kate Spade China and terminate related contracts and the receipt of approximately $21M from Walton Brown for their interest in the joint ventures subject to adjustments. In addition, the company estimates that it will incur restructuring and transaction costs of approximately $5M, including severance, lease terminations and asset impairments in order to convert the wholly owned businesses in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan into a joint venture. These transactions are consistent with the company's partnered and capital-efficient approach to geographic expansion and lay the foundation for a solid expansion strategy in the region with a long-term potential of 100 stores. Kate Spade & Company will continue wholesale distribution to the joint venture in China and expects to begin wholesale distribution to Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan through the joint venture during Q1. Accordingly, the company will no longer consolidate the operations for the businesses in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, which had net sales of approximately $34M in 2014 and will account for its investments in the partnership under the equity method of accounting. The company's distribution agreements with Valiram in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia and AT Luxury in Thailand are not affected by these transactions.
08:24 EDTKATEKate Spade announces joint venture with Walton Brown
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08:22 EDTKATEKate Spade sees FY15 revenue $1.2B-$1.28B, consensus $1.39B
Net sales in the range of $1,200 million to $1,275 million, including a planned decrease compared to 2014 in excess of $125 million. Putting aside the net sales changes resulting from those factors, the net sales increase in 2015 would be in excess of 20% compared to 2014, at the midpoint of the guided range; Sees a direct-to-consumer comparable sales increase in the high single digits in 2015; Sees FY15 adjusted EBITDA $185M-$200M. Putting aside the positive and negative impact of the various factors described above, the midpoint of the 2015 Adjusted EBITDA range represents an increase in excess of 20% compared to 2014.
08:21 EDTKATEKate Spade sees FY14 revenue $1.13B-$1.14B, consensus $1.10B
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08:19 EDTKATEKate Spade announces strategic initiatives to focus investment in new york brand
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January 28, 2015
15:38 EDTKATENotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Celgene (CELG), consensus 99c... ConocoPhillips (COP), consensus 59c... Abbott Laboratories (ABT), consensus 67c... Occidental Petroleum (OXY), consensus 68c... Colgate-Palmolive (CL), consensus 74c... Ford (F), consensus 23c... Dow Chemical (DOW), consensus 69c... Alibaba (BABA), consensus 75c... Thermo Fisher (TMO), consensus $1.94; Time Warner Cable (TWC), consensus $2.09... Phillips 66 (PSX), consensus $1.34... Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), consensus $1.29... Baxter International (BAX), consensus $1.31... Cardinal Health (CAH), consensus $1.10... Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.08... Northrop Grumman (NOC), consensus $2.25... Viacom (VIAB), consensus $1.28... Valero Energy (VLO), consensus $1.32... Sherwin-Williams (SHW), consensus $1.38... Hershey (HSY), consensus $1.06... Mead Johnson (MJN), consensus 88c... Zimmer (ZMH), consensus $1.71... Xcel Energy (XEL), consensus 34c... Royal Caribbean (RCL), consensus 42c... Coach (COH), consensus 66c... Kate Spade (KATE), consensus 24c... Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus 34c... Stanley Black & Decker (SWK), consensus $1.52... L-3 Communications (LLL), consensus $2.27... JetBlue (JBLU), consensus 24c.
10:37 EDTKATEOptions with increasing implied volatility: PSEC KATE AVP
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January 27, 2015
10:48 EDTKATEOptions with increasing implied volatility: PPC KATE AVP
January 26, 2015
10:53 EDTKATEKate Spade volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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10:50 EDTKATEOptions with increasing implied volatility: HLSS KATE AVP
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January 23, 2015
10:02 EDTKATE, KORSOn 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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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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