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May 9, 2014
12:59 EDTCOH, RL, KORSRalph Lauren falls after same-store sales drop, guidance disappoints
Shares of luxury product and apparel maker Ralph Lauren (RL) are falling after the company reported that its fourth quarter comparable store sales fell 2%. The luxury goods maker also issued fiscal year 2015 earnings per share guidance that was below the consensus view at the midpoint. WHAT'S NEW: Ralph Lauren reported fourth quarter earnings per share of $1.68, which exceeded analysts expectation of $1.63. The luxury company reported fourth quarter revenues of $1.87B which also surpassed analysts expectations. Ralph Lauren experienced a decline of 2% in its consolidated comparable store sales and noted that it's reported basis comparable store sales were down 1% in constant currency during the quarter. The company attributed the decline to the cold weather and late start to spring in North America and the shift in the timing of Easter versus the prior year. In terms of guidance, Ralph Lauren said that it sees FY14 net revenue to be up 6%-8%. In the first quarter of fiscal FY15, the company said that it expects consolidated net revenues to increase by 3%-5%, led by retail segment growth. Executive vice chairman, Roger Farah, announced his retirement from Ralph Lauren at the end of May but noted that he will remain on the board of directors until the expiration of his term on the date of the company's annual stockholders meeting in August. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's earnings conference call, management said that opportunities for growth are "tremendous" and its strategies are "clear." The company noted that it has planned an increase in advertising and marketing and announced its intention to begin a three-year project to upgrade its global e-commerce operating platform. The company said that investing in new capabilities will support accelerated revenue growth through upped productivity and improved conversion rates. ANALYST REACTION: Wells Fargo analysts Evren Kopelman and Connie Wang said that Ralph Lauren's FY15 guidance was "disappointing," but said that the firm's expectations for sales quickening over the next few years thanks to the Polo strategy is unchanged. The analysts added that if management could give clearer margin progression projections, the multiple on the shares could expand. The firm lowered its FY15 and FY16 estimates for Ralph Lauren, but still said that they foresee "significant" upside potential to the shares and feel that the current P/E multiple is very attractive for the growth that they anticipate. Wells Fargo is maintaining its Outperform rating on the stock. OTHERS TO WATCH: Competitors to Ralph Lauren include Coach (COH) and Michael Kors (KORS). PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Ralph Lauren fell $4.18 or 2.75%, to $147.81.
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July 31, 2015
14:47 EDTRLRalph Lauren volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Ralph Lauren August call option implied volatility is at 34, September is at 29; compared to its 52-week range of 14 to 37, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on August 5.
13:03 EDTCOHCoach volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Coach August weekly call option implied volatility is at 74, August is at 49, September is at 40; compared to its 52-week range of 21 to 44, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on August 4.
05:47 EDTKORSStocks with implied volatility movement; KORS VALE
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July 30, 2015
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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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 EDTCOH, KORSBMO 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 EDTCOH, KORSHandbag 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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10:00 EDTCOHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:48 EDTCOHCoach upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham
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08:48 EDTKORSMichael Kors downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
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July 22, 2015
07:25 EDTCOHCoach price target lowered to $40 from $47 at Stifel
Stifel cut its price target on Coach as the firm believes that competition in the accessories category is increasing, causing a deceleration in the segment. However, the firm keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
July 17, 2015
07:54 EDTCOHCoach near-term risk remains but could create opportunity, says UBS
UBS believes near-term risk remains for Coach but sees underlying trends creating the potential for a buying opportunity. The firm noted its concerns surrounding the company's heavy promotions but sees the brand improving with millennials. UBS reiterated its Neutral rating and lowered its price target to $34 from $40 on Coach shares.

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