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December 26, 2012
16:21 EDTMED, AEO, MRVL, RIMM, KORS, GOL, COHOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower on the day amid reports indicating that this season's holiday season may have been weaker than expected. MasterCard's SpendingPulse unit estimated that spending between October 28 and Christmas Eve rose just 0.7% from a year ago. Data from Consumer Growth Partners indicated a 2.8% sales increase for the holiday period, which would equate to the worst holiday-shopping season growth since 2009... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values in 20 cities increased 4.3% in October from a year ago, versus expectations for a 4% gain. The Richmond Fed December manufacturing survey fell to 5 from a prior reading of 9. Analysts had forecast a drop to a reading of 8. In Europe, most markets were closed. Asian markets, particularly Japan's, traded broadly higher for a second-straight session, as the official appointment of Shinzo Abe as Japan's prime minister continued to drive down the Yen and lift Tokyo-traded share prices... COMPANY NEWS: A jury ordered Marvell Technologies (MRVL) to pay $1.17B in a patent case with Carnegie Mellon University. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news, and a later report by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said that if Marvell is found to have willfully violated the patent, the damages due to Carnegie Mellon could triple. Shares of Marvell traded sharply lower following the news, eventually settling down 85c, or 10.30%, to $7.40 on the session... Retail and apparel makers' stocks slid after reports indicated that holiday sales were likely weaker than expected. Among the worst performing retail stocks were Coach (COH), down $3.39, or 5.89%, to $54.13, Michael Kors (KORS), down $3.54, or 6.61%, to $50.03, and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), down 84c, or 4.10%, to $19.65... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was GOL Linhas (GOL), a low-cost airline in Latin America which saw its U.S. listed shares gain 53c, or 9.09%, to $6.36 after the company announced late Friday that it has segregated the activities of its "Smiles" loyalty program, a business unit it previously said may be put up for an initial public offering. Also higher were shares of Research in Motion (RIMM), up $1.22, or 11.45%, to $11.82 after shares had lost nearly 25% in the two sessions following the release of its Q3 earnings after the close last Thursday. Among the noteworthy losers was Medifast (MED), down $3.86, or 13.15%, to $25.50 after the company's acting CFO resigned... INDICES: The Dow was down 24.49, or 0.19%, to 13,114.59; the Nasdaq was down 22.44, or 0.74%, to 2,990.16; the S&P was down 6.83, or 0.48%, to 1,419.83.
News For MRVL;COH;KORS;AEO;GOL;RIMM;MED From The Last 14 Days
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September 2, 2015
11:07 EDTKORS, COHVera Bradley surges on better-than-expected Q2 earnings, upbeat FY16 view
Shares of Vera Bradley (VRA) surged in morning trading after the company reported better-than-expected second quarter results and raised its outlook for fiscal year 2016. Vera Bradley is a designer of women's handbags, accessories, luggage and travel items and eyewear. WHAT'S NEW: Vera Bradley reported Q2 earnings per share from continuing operations of 15c on revenue of $120.7M, beating analysts' expectations of 11c and $114.99M, respectively. Same-store sales decreased 15% for the quarter, though Robert Wallstrom, the company's chief executive officer, said that the company's comparable sales trend began to improve toward the end of the quarter due to new product offerings, improved in-store execution and initial marketing efforts. Looking ahead, Vera Bradley forecast third quarter EPS from continuing operations of 19c-21c on revenue of $120M-$123M, against analysts' consensus estimates of 15c and $117.2M, respectively. Wallstrom said that the company's turnaround will take time, but noted "meaningful progress" being made, and that Vera Bradley is "confident" in its long-term strategic plan. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Vera Bradley raised its FY16 continuing operations EPS view to 72c-82c from 64c-74c, higher than analysts' expectations of 66c. Additionally, the company's FY16 revenue view was narrowed to $487M-$495M from $480M-$495M, still ahead of analysts' consensus estimates of $481.57M. On its Q2 earnings conference call, Vera Bradley forecast sees Q3 and FY16 same-store sales down in the low double-digit percentage range. The company added that it eliminated hyperpromotions and pared back promotional days in Q2 and noted that it is seeing "green shoots" from its turnaround efforts. Vera Bradley said it sees a decline in hyperpromotional activity in FY16. PRICE ACTION: Vera Bradley shares are up 23.49% to $12.88 in morning trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Vera Bradley peers include Coach (COH), down 0.54%, Michael Kors (KORS), up 1.92%, and Fossil Group (FOSL), up 0.64%.
09:36 EDTCOHCoach management to meet with Oppenheimer
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September 1, 2015
17:02 EDTKORSMichael Kors reappoints Cathy Robinson as COO
Cathy Marie Robinson withdrew her resignation as an executive officer of Michael Kors Holdings, which was previously disclosed in the Company's Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on August 11. Effective August 27 Robinson was re-appointed as an executive officer of the Company with the new title of "Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and COO". In connection with her promotion, Robinson will receive a grant of restricted share units valued at approximately $1,500,000 under the Michael Kors Holdings Limited Amended and Restated Omnibus Incentive Plan.
August 31, 2015
09:07 EDTMRVLB. Riley to hold a tour
Silicon Valley Tech Tour travels throughout the Silicon Valley visiting various local tech companies on August 31-September 3.
August 30, 2015
12:42 EDTCOHAmerican Airlines, others look like underappreciated bargains, Barron's says
Shares of American Airlines (AAL), Coach (COH), PACCAR (PCAR), and CA Technologies (CA) not only look cheap but pay dividends, thereby rewarding patient investors willing to wait for rebounds, Barron's contends in a feature article. All four firms are generating "healthy" return on capital, suggesting operations are stronger than traders believe, Barron's argues. Reference Link
August 27, 2015
12:21 EDTGOLGOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes Airlines orders winglets for 15 Boeing aircraft
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05:53 EDTMRVLIC demand for notebooks picking up, DigiTimes reports
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August 26, 2015
11:01 EDTAEOAbercrombie & Fitch surges after posting surprise Q2 profit
Abercrombie & Fitch spiked in early trading after the clothing retailer posted second quarter profit and revenue that exceeded analysts' expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Abercrombie & Fitch reported Q2 earnings per share of 12c, excluding items, on revenue of $817.8M, beating analysts' consensus estimates of a loss per share of (4c) and $811.46M, respectively. Including items, EPS was (1c). Abercrombie said the quarter included a comparable sales decrease of 4% and an adverse impact from changes in foreign currency exchange rates of about 5%. For the quarter, SSS declined 7% at the Abercrombie brand and 1% at Hollister. Executive Chairman Arthur Martinez commented that the quarterly results exceeded what the retailer signaled on its first quarter earnings call and said he is confident "that we are on the right track, although we recognize that we still have much to achieve." Looking ahead, Abercrombie & Fitch sees SSS trends improving in the second half of 2015, skewed towards the fourth quarter. The company expects continued headwinds from foreign currency exchange rates, a gross margin rate approximately flat to last year and flat operating expense compared to last year. Additionally, Abercrombie said it plans to open 15 full-price stores this fiscal year, in markets including China and Japan, and will close about 60 stores in the U.S. during the year. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Abercrombie is in the midst of a massive turnaround and announced the creation of six new positions as it restructures the management of its Abercrombie brand. The move is part of an effort to organize executives by brand rather than product after announcing last year that it would move away from logos. On its earnings conference call this morning, Abercrombie executives said that the company is "not naive" about the challenges it faces, but believes it is "on the right track" to restoring the business to health. Abercrombie said a new chief executive officer will be appointed "in due time." OTHERS TO WATCH: Abercrombie & Fitch peers include Urban Outfitters (URBN), American Eagle (AEO) and Express (EXPR). PRICE ACTION: Abercrombie & Fitch is up 11.75% in morning trading to $19.30.
07:52 EDTMRVLUBS to hold a tour
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August 25, 2015
08:28 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle upgraded to Outperform on valuation, execution at FBR Capital
As previously reported, FBR Capital upgraded American Eagle to Outperform from Market Perform. The firm upgraded shares based on valuation, consistent execution in a declining backdrop, reduced expectations, and potential 2H upside. The firm is cautious on the environment beyond 2H 2015 but believes strong brand recognition, product execution, right-sized fleet, and international growth position it for upside in a competitive environment.
08:27 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle should be bought at current levels, says Oppenheimer
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06:05 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
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August 24, 2015
09:49 EDTKORSFitbit being sold at Macy's seen as near-term catalyst
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07:15 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle risk/reward remains compelling, says Susquehanna
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August 20, 2015
16:18 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle CMO Michael Leedy resigning
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11:04 EDTAEOAnalysts split on outlook for American Eagle after results
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10:00 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:02 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle should be bought on weakness, says SunTrust
After American Eagle reported stronger than expected Q2 results, SunTrust thinks the company's Q3 guidance was strong and conservative. The firm notes that some were disappointed that the retailer's Q3 comp guidance came in below expectations, but the firm says its recent checks on the company have been favorable, while its fundamentals should continue to improve. SunTrust reiterates a $19 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
08:00 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens
Stephens downgraded American Eagle to Equal Weight with an $18 price target to reflect balanced risk/reward and high expectations. The firm expects comp growth to decelerate, limiting share upside.

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