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August 4, 2014
12:26 EDTESI, TREX, INSM, KORS, RLGY, PIKEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory, as investors looked like they were prepared to take advantage of last week’s sell-off. Unlike in recent weeks, little M&A activity was announced over the weekend and the tensions in Russia and Israel did not make headlines due to escalations. The bulls appeared to be facing little resistance. However, the averages weakened in the early going and drifted throughout the morning. Near noon the Nasdaq had held on to narrow gains, though the S&P and Dow were both close to the flat line. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. On the international front, Israel pulled back many of its ground forces from Gaza as it began a seven hour truce. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Michael Kors (KORS) initially advanced in pre-market trading after the company's first quarter earnings per share and revenue beat expectations and its same-store sales in the three months grew by more than 24%. However, as investors digested the report and listened to the company's associated conference call, during which it issued guidance for its gross margins to decline by 50 basis points during this fiscal year, the stock reversed course. In a note to investors after the company's report, analysts at Sterne Agee says that while Kors' sales growth remains "sound," the firm believes "red flags abound" for the stock, listing high inventories, gross margin pressure and increasing investment spend amid the concerns. Near noon, the luxury handbag makers' shares were down 7%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Pike Corporation (PIKE), which surged more than 48% higher after Court Square Capital Partners and the company's chairman and CEO agreed to acquire the company for $12.00 per share in cash. Also higher following their earnings reports were decking materials maker Trex (TREX), which rose 13%, and real estate services provider Realogy (RLGY), which gained 5%. Among the noteworthy losers was ITT Educational (ESI), which plunged 31% after the company disclosed that its sale leaseback agreement with College Portfolio Buyer had been terminated. Also lower was Insmed (INSM), with Piper Jaffray attributing today's 25% pullback in its shares 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: Near midday, the Dow was down 11.27, or 0.07%, to 16,482.10, the Nasdaq was up 12.75, or 0.29%, to 4,365.39, and the S&P 500 was up 1.53, or 0.08%, to 1,926.68.
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November 30, 2015
08:14 EDTKORSThanksgiving deals seen as negative for Under Armour, Deckers
After visiting stores and doing other checks throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, an analyst at research firm Piper Jaffray concluded that Under Armour (UA), Deckers Outdoor (DECK) and Steven Madden (SHOO) offered higher promotions than last year, prompting her to lower her estimates and price targets on the three stocks. MORE PROMOTIONAL: After visiting malls and big box retailers on Thanksgiving night, Piper Jaffray analyst Erinn Murphy said in a note to investors on Friday that brands that appeared more promotional than last year included Under Armour, Deckers Outdoor, Steven Madden, GoPro (GPRO), Michael Kors (KORS) and Ralph Lauren (RL). In a post-weekend follow-up note, Murphy lowered her estimates for Under Armour, saying the company remains one of the more promotional brands across the athletic landscape and that the brand remained promotional during the Thanksgiving weekend. She lowered her estimates on Under Armour for the upcoming quarter and beyond, cut her price target on the stock to $88 from $97 and keeps a Neutral rating on the name. Murphy also lowered her estimates for Deckers Outdoor after observing more UGG promotions over the Thanksgiving weekend relative to last year. The analyst cut her price target for Deckers to $55 from $63 and keeps a Neutral rating on the name. Remarking on Steven Madden, Murphy noted that the brand was more promotional not only on Black Friday but in the two days following as well. She lowered her forecast for the shoemaker to the lower end of guidance for FY15 and trimmed her price target on the stock to $36 from $41, but keeps an Overweight rating on the name. FITBIT: Murphy, who said in her Thanksgiving notes that she views the "must-have" items as being in the electronics and cosmetics spaces this holiday season, said her checks suggested that levels of Fitbit (FIT) products sold down well during the weekend. Importantly, the company's Flex, which she believes is the highest margin offering in its lineup, was full-price throughout the weekend. Murphy has an Overweight rating with a $60 price target on Fitbit shares. PRICE ACTION: In Friday's holiday shortened session, Under Armour shares sunk about 2.6% to $89.68, Deckers dropped 3.2% to $50.11 and Steven Madden added 10c to $33.03.
November 27, 2015
06:39 EDTKORSPiper says Deckers, GoPro look more promotional than last year
After visiting malls and big box retailers during the initial 6 PM store openings last night, Piper Jaffray analyst Erinn Murphy says brands that appear more promotional than last year include Deckers Outdoor (DECK), GoPro (GPRO), Michael Kors (KORS), Ralph Lauren (RL), Steven Madden (SHOO) and Under Armour (UA). Customer traffic "was robust" at the open on Thanksgiving, Murphy tells investors this morning in a research note. She views the "must-have" items as being in the electronics and cosmetics spaces.
November 24, 2015
13:14 EDTESIJudge grants preliminary approval to $16.9M settlement in ITT Educational suit
A federal judge has granted preliminary approval to an approximately $16.96M cash settlement achieved by Lead Plaintiffs Plumbers and Pipefitters National Pension Fund and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Retirement Fund with defendants ITT Educational Services, Inc., and two of its officers, Daniel M. Fitzpatrick and Kevin M. Modany.The proposed settlement approved by Judge J. Paul Oetken, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, on Monday, Nov. 23, resolves securities fraud claims asserted under Section 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by the Plumbers and Pipefitters National Fund and Metropolitan Water Retirement Fund against the defendants for alleged material misrepresentations and omissions concerning the company's liabilities under certain risk-sharing agreements it had entered into with third-party student enders of ITT student loans. The proposed $16.96M cash settlement will benefit a putative class of persons and entities who purchased or otherwise acquired ITT Educational Services, Inc., common stock between April 24, 2008, and Feb. 25, 2013. In the order issued on Nov. 23, Judge Oetken also gave authorization for the class notice to be issued to class members. A court hearing will be held on March 8, 2016, to determine whether the settlement should be given final approval and to hear any objections to the settlement.
November 17, 2015
07:52 EDTKORSMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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