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December 17, 2012
12:29 EDTYUM, BIDU, SBUX, SOHU, COH, SINAUBS: Chinese economy may surge in 2013, China Daily reports
The Chinese government will probably use 7%-7.5% as a "working GDP target" for next year, but the country's GDP growth could actually reach 8% next year, UBS wrote in a research note, according to China Daily. Reference Link
News For SINA;SOHU;BIDU;COH;SBUX;YUM From The Last 14 Days
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September 2, 2015
11:07 EDTCOHVera 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
17:29 EDTSBUXGoogle cancelled location-tracking ad project, Fortune says
Earlier this year, Google (GOOG) cancelled a project that aimed to track Google Maps users and send notifications to their phones after entering the vicinity of certain retailers, allowing potential partners such as Starbucks (SBUX) or Walgreens (WBA) to automatically highlight loyalty programs or discounts when a customer entered the store, reports Fortune, citing people familiar with the project. The project, known as "Google Here," was shut down due to concerns of being overly invasive as well as doubts about whether retailers were interested in the project, said the report. Note that on June 8, Facebook (FB) expanded its test of business "beacons," allowing retail partners to "beam" information to customers via in-store devices. Reference Link
August 31, 2015
05:44 EDTBIDUBaidu upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Cynthia Meng upgraded Baidu to Buy saying concerns around search ad spending are overdone. Recent channel checks with top ad agents indicated "strong traction" for performance-based ads, with any cuts to ad budgets being mostly offset by more allocation toward key word search from display ads, Meng tells investors in a research note. At current levels, Meng believes Baidu shares have largely priced in reduced earnings growth expectations. She keeps a price target of $210 for the stock. The Chinese search giant closed Friday up 7c to $152.13.
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
18:16 EDTYUMLabor Relations Board revises joint employer policy
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August 25, 2015
07:36 EDTSBUXStarbucks CEO tells workers to be nice to stock-stressed customers, Fusion says
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August 24, 2015
05:57 EDTBIDUStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; BIDU GOOG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Baidu (BIDU) 41, Google (GOOG) 31 according to iVolatility.
August 20, 2015
07:20 EDTSINA, BIDUCitigroup to hold a conference
Hong Kong / China Corporate Day is being held in Hong Kong on August 20.

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