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January 10, 2013
11:32 EDTTIF, KORS, COHTiffany guidance, weak holiday sales drag on luxury peers
Earlier today, Tiffany & Co. (TIF) issued disappointing FY12 EPS guidance, indicating that results would come in at the lower end of its $3.20-$3.40 range, versus consensus of $3.26. The company also reported its holiday same-store sales were unchanged from a year ago. It said it was planning for sales to grow “conservatively” for 2013, accompanied by net earnings growth of 6%-9%. The news comes amid several recent reports indicating poor holiday sales for major retailers which are likely to adversely affect profit margins. In late morning trading, Tiffany shares are down about 3.4% to $61.09, but had been down as much as 7% shortly after the open. Other luxury retailers are falling in sympathy, with Coach (COH) down about 2% and Michael Kors (KORS) off by nearly 3%.
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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 25, 2015
10:04 EDTTIFOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 21Vianet (VNET) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Anglo American (AAUKY) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... Boulder Brands (BDBD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Cracker Barrel (CBRL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... HP Inc. (HPQ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... SunEdison (SUNE) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... TerraForm Power (TERP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Tiffany (TIF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... Valspar (VAL) downgraded on negative catalysts at RBC Capital... eBay (EBAY) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman.
08:11 EDTTIFTiffany downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi
07:23 EDTTIFTiffany near-term outlook upbeat, says Oppenheimer
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November 24, 2015
10:06 EDTTIFHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: BDBD UNXL NVS SEDG BLOX GPRE SIG BPL TIF DY
09:24 EDTTIFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Baozun (BZUN), up 7.3%... Analog Devices (ADI), up 4.3%. ALSO HIGHER: Boulder Brands (BDBD), up 8.4% after Pinnacle Foods (PF) announced that it will acquire the company for $11.00 per share... Sunedison (SUNE), up 18% after the Economic Times reported that the company plans place 400MW of upcoming solar capacity on sale... Avon Products (AVP), up 7.5% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Valeant (VRX), up 2.1% after Pershing Square increases stake in the company to 9.9%... Xerox (XRX), up 2.3% after Carl Icahn reported a 7.13% stake in the company. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Signet Jewelers (SIG), down 6.2%... Tiffany (TIF), down 2.9%... Brocade Communications (BRCD), down 7.2%. ALSO LOWER: UniPixel (UNXL), down 44.6% after the company prices a common stock and warrant offering... U.S. Steel (X), down 4% after announcing that it will idle its Granite City Works operations.
08:55 EDTTIFTiffany says saw 'substantial' decline in foreign tourist spending in Q3
Says saw "substantial" decline in foreign tourist spending in Q3, with "pronounced weakness" in New York area, as well as other tourist-related markets on the East and West Coasts and Hawaii. Says in the process of some "major" U.S. store renovations. Says on track to increase company operated stores by a net of approximately 12 stores this year. Says longer-term plans for worldwide square footage growth closer to 2% per year. Expects "modest" increase in gross margin for FY. Sees FY effective tax rate similar to last year's 34.4%. Says "well positioned" for holiday season. Says macro environment in near-term remains "uncertain" in Americas, other areas. Comments taken from the Q3 earnings conference call. Tiffany & Co is down 2.71% in pre-market trading.
08:12 EDTTIFTiffany CEO says strong dollar put pressure on Q3 results
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06:43 EDTTIFTiffany sees FY16 EPS to be 5%-10% below FY15 EPS, consensus $4.04
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06:42 EDTTIFTiffany reports Q3 EPS excluding items 76c, consensus 75c
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November 23, 2015
15:28 EDTTIFNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Analog Devices (ADI), consensus 83c... Hormel Foods (HRL), consensus 69c... Dollar Tree (DLTR), consensus 53c... Campbell Soup (CPB), consensus 76c... Signet Jewelers (SIG), consensus 39c... Tiffany (TIF), consensus 75c... Valspar (VAL), consensus $1.31... Patterson Companies (PDCO), consensus 60c... Eaton Vance (EV), consensus 59c...Burlington Stores (BURL), consensus 23c... Cracker Barrel (CBRL), consensus $1.59.
14:50 EDTTIFTiffany technical comments before earnings
Expectations for earnings are relatively low, with price not far from the 52-week low at $73.09. If the news is a bearish disappointment, the current downtrend is likely to continue. A test of the 52-week low in that event would seem highly probable. Next support below would be at $70.77 and then at $65.92. If the news is a bullish surprise, there could be a stronger than normal response given where expectations are set. Next resistance above the current price of $75.90 would be at $80.07. On a breakout above the $80 area, resistance levels to watch as potential upside objectives would be at $81.91 and then at $86.48.
12:40 EDTTIFTiffany volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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November 18, 2015
10:02 EDTTIFHigh option volume stocks: CIT TDC MAR JNK EIX TIF NBG DSX FCS ARG
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07:59 EDTTIFTiffany price target lowered to $90 from $97 at Cowen
Cowen lowered its price target on Tiffany to $90 from $97 citing near term caution on global macro conditions. The firm remains positive longer term citing product innovation, geographic expansion of it store base and improving CRM capabilities. Cowen reiterated its Outperform rating on Tiffany shares.
November 17, 2015
10:20 EDTTIFOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: SGMS HZNP CSC ULTA RH BURL GME AEO BBRY TIF
07:52 EDTKORSMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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November 16, 2015
16:43 EDTKORSGreenlight Capital added Apple, sold some SunEdison
Greenlight Capital gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: CNX Coal Resources (CNXC), Garmin (GRMN), Terraform Global (GLBL), and Liberty Global (LILA). INCREASED STAKES: Apple (AAPL), Michael Kors (KORS), Dillard's (DDS), UIL Holdings (UIL), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Micron (MU), Voya (VOYA), Applied Materials (AMAT), and SunEdison Semiconductor (SEMI). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Citizens Financial (CFG), Lam Research (LRCX), Spirit AeroSystems (SPR), Hertz (HTZ), and Macy's (M).

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