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August 4, 2014
16:42 EDTESI, TREX, PDCE, INSM, KORSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street remained near the flat line until about 1 pm ET and then they began to drift higher. The buyers emerged during the afternoon and pushed the averages up ahead of the next round of corporate earnings reports due out after the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. On the international front, Portugal's central bank announced a bailout of the nation's largest listed lender, Banco Espirito Santo. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) fell $4.82, or 5.89%, to $77.01 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 compared to the same period of last year. The company also estimated that its gross margin would drop in fiscal 2015. Analysts were divided on the company's outlook following the results, with Sterne Agee contending that "red flags abound" for the company while Bank of America Merrill Lynch saying that the "impressive momentum" of Michael Kors should continue and that today's pullback in the stock has created a buying opportunity. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was decking product maker Trex (TREX), which advanced $4.33, or 15.1%, to $33.00 after its better than expected earnings. Also higher was PDC Energy (PDCE), which rose $6.63, or 12.34%, to $60.34 after Colorado governor John Hickenlooper struck a deal that will eliminate all ballot initiatives, proposed for November, that had sought to restrict hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," in the state. Among the noteworthy losers was ITT Educational (ESI), which plunged $6.59, or 46.05%, to $7.72 after the company disclosed that its sale leaseback agreement with College Portfolio Buyer had been terminated. Also lower were shares of Insmed (INSM), with Piper Jaffray attributing today's $4.59, or 26.61%, pullback in its shares to $12.66 to the company not immediately filing for U.S. approval of Arikayce in cystic fibrosis and nontuberculous mycobacteria in concert with its European filing for the drug. INDEXES: The Dow rose 75.91, or 0.46%, to 16,569.28, the Nasdaq advanced 31.25, or 0.72%, to 4,383.89, and the S&P 500 gained 13.84, or 0.72%, to 1,938.99.
News For KORS;PDCE;ESI;INSM;TREX From The Last 14 Days
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August 3, 2015
07:53 EDTKORSCanaccord remains cautious on Michael Kors heading into earnings
Canaccord said it remains cautious on Michael Kors heading into the company's earnings report on Thursday. The firm believes the sluggishly negative retail traffic trends from last quarter persisted into Q1, leading to a supply/demand imbalance. Canaccord lowered its estimates and price target to $45 from $48 and maintained its Hold rating on Michael Kors shares.
07:33 EDTTREXTrex Company sees Q3 revenue $96M, consensus $111.32M
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07:32 EDTTREXTrex Company reports Q2 EPS 58c, consensus 60c
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07:21 EDTKORSCoach downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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06:42 EDTKORSMichael Kors inventory building at retailers, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Erinn Murphy lowered her estimates for Michael Kors (KORS) after channel checks indicated the company's inventory is building at retailers like Macy's (M) and Dillard's (DDS). Further, sales of watches remain under pressure in the U.S. and are starting to slow in Europe, Murphy tells investors in a research note. She believes Kors's negative comps will continue beyond this year as its fundamentals continue to deteriorate. Murphy cut her price target for shares to $38 from $44 and keeps a Neutral rating on the name. The handbag maker closed Friday down 13c to $41.99.
06:03 EDTKORSMichael Kors implied volatility of 57 at upper end of index
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July 31, 2015
10:02 EDTPDCEOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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05:47 EDTKORSStocks with implied volatility movement; KORS VALE
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July 30, 2015
16:09 EDTPDCEPDC Energy initiated with a Buy at Cantor
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10:18 EDTKORSMichael Kors call activity attributed to takeover speculation
Michael Kors July 40 and 40.5 calls are active on total call volume of 2500 contracts (300 puts) amid speculation private equity is interested in the company. July weekly call option implied volatility is at 40, August is at 52, September is at 42; compared to its 52-week range of 23 to 54. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement,
10:13 EDTKORSRumor: Michael Kors strength attributed to takeover speculation
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07:48 EDTESIITT Educational reports Q2 EPS 3c, two estimates 10c
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July 29, 2015
10:00 EDTKORSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:14 EDTKORSMichael Kors initiated with a Hold at BB&T
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July 28, 2015
10:23 EDTKORSBMO Capital says high-end handbag makers to stay weak
High end handbag makers Coach (COH), Kate Spade (KATE) and Michael Kors (KORS) are continuing to struggle and their share prices are likely to remain weak, research firm BMO Capital wrote in a note to investors today. The firm significantly cut its price targets on all three names. WHAT'S NEW: Consumers are spending less on high-end handbags as they increase the amount they allocate to other areas, including travel, leisure and apparel, BMO Capital analyst John Morris stated. Consequently, the North American handbag market was expanding at a 5% rate at the end of June, down from a high single digit rate earlier this year, according to Morris. Meanwhile, competition within the space is mounting and handbag price wars are continuing, the analyst stated. Although handbag stocks have dropped significantly and their valuations appear attractive, they are "falling knives," the analyst warned. Assessing the status of specific companies, Morris says that Kate Spade has avoided implementing major price cuts on its products, though its comparative sales and "mind share" have suffered as a result of that decision and stores are displaying its products less prominently. Coach's stock suggests that investors expect the company's fundamentals to rebound, but Morris thinks that their optimism may be premature. The pace of the company's improvement "remains challenging," and it is likely to be hurt by a decline of U.S. tourism, he believes. Also likely to be hurt by declines in tourism is Michael Kors, the analyst stated. The prices of Michael Kors' products are being reduced by retailers, its gross margins are sinking and its watch business is weak, Morris warned. He reduced his price target on Kate Spade to $19 from $30, on Coach to $28 from $37 and on Michael Kors to $40 from $51. The analyst kept Market Perform ratings on all three stocks. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Kate Spade was little changed at $18.75, Coach fell 0.5% to $30.60 and Michael Kors was fractionally higher at $39.17.
09:04 EDTKORSHandbag makers estimates, price targets lowered at BMO Capital
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July 23, 2015
10:00 EDTKORSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:48 EDTKORSMichael Kors downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
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July 20, 2015
10:05 EDTPDCEHigh option volume stocks
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