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June 5, 2014
13:17 EDTKORS, COH, SHOO, M, KATE, VRAVera Bradley sinks after weak Q1 revenue reflects 'difficult' enviornment
Shares of women's accessory company Vera Bradley (VRA) declined after reporting weak first quarter revenue which reflected a harsh environment over the quarter. WHAT'S NEW: Vera Bradley's Q1 EPS was 16c, which was higher than analyst's consensus of 13c. The company's Q1 revenue as $113.5M, which was below expectations. The accessory company said despite a higher than anticipated Q1 EPS result, it continues to face a difficult environment, one that is proving much more challenging than it foresaw two short months ago. Vera Bradley cited the sales miss to guidance primarily being due to lower than expected orders from the company's Indirect specialty retail partners, weaker than expected comparable store sales performance in the company's retail stores, and a shortfall at the company's annual outlet sale. Vera Bradley expects Q2 EPS to be 18c-20c which is lower than the consensus analyst forecast of 30c. The company foresees Q2 revenue to be $113M-$120M which is lower than the $127.48M that analyst predict. Vera Bradley anticipates FY15 EPS from continuing operations to be in the range of $1.00-$1.10 while analyst consensus guide higher to $1.26. The company expects FY14 revenue to range between $510M-$530M which is lower than expectations of $553.69M. The accessory company announced today that it's products will be sold at select Macy's (M) locations by mid-July. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's Q1 earnings conference call, Vera Bradley said that the short term will remain challenging and it will take time for marketing plans to take hold. The company expects to incur pre-tax charges related to the exit from Japan during Q3 of approximately $2M, or 3c per share. FY15 direct segment comps are expected to be down in the mid single digits and the company says its still identifying cost reductions. Vera Bradley expects to cut costs in manufacturing and sourcing but aims to open seven outlets this year. OTHERS TO WATCH: Competitors in the accessory industry include Michael Kors (KORS), Coach (COH), Kate Spade (KATE), and Steven Madden (SHOO). PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Vera Bradley fell 98c, or 3.88%, to $24.27.
News For VRA;M;COH;KATE;SHOO;KORS From The Last 14 Days
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November 25, 2014
10:10 EDTKORSJanney to hold a field trip
Janney Montgomery Holiday Mall Tour is being held at Tysons Corner, Virginia on November 25.
November 24, 2014
10:37 EDTCOH, KATE, KORSKate Spade rises after handbag survey prompts Bank of America upgrade
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10:00 EDTKATEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aruba Networks (ARUN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Banco Bilbao (BBVA) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Berry Plastics (BERY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Denny's (DENN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Huaneng Power (HNP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Infoblox (BLOX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Kate Spade (KATE) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Lumber Liquidators (LL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Occidental Petroleum (OXY) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... PT Indosat (IIT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Silvercorp Metals (SVM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Toro Company (TTC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... United Microelectronics (UMC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein.
09:23 EDTKATEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:48 EDTKATEKate Spade upgraded at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merill upgraded Kate Spade to Buy from Neutral. The analyst has increased confidence in sustainable comp growth following a recent handbag survey and said the current share price does not reflect growth prospects. Price target is $34.
07:30 EDTKATESterne Agee to hold a conference
4th Annual Philadelphia SMID Cap Conference is being held in Philadelphia on November 24.
06:54 EDTKATEKate Spade upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
November 23, 2014
13:07 EDTMMacy's CEO sees lower gas prices to benefit retailer, Fox News says
In an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo today, the CEO of Macy's Terry Lundgren said that Macy's will benefit from lower gas prices. Lundgren said, “We expect to benefit from the lower gas prices...We have much higher expectations for the fourth quarter.” Reference Link
November 21, 2014
14:33 EDTKORSMichael Kors volatility at low end of historic range
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07:29 EDTMMacy's well positioned heading into Holiday, says Deutsche Bank
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November 20, 2014
07:36 EDTMMacy's management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meeting to be held on New York on November 20 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
07:19 EDTKORSMichael Kors holiday catalog pricing up 11%, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says its analysis shows the weighted average pricing for the Michael Kors Holiday catalog was $242, up 11% from last year. The firm adds the catalog contains new handbag silhouettes introductions including Dillon & Sutton. Piper continues to view Michael Kors as its top Holiday pick and keeps an Overweight rating on the name with a $98 price target.
November 18, 2014
09:56 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Allergan (AGN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Wells Fargo (WFC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Allergan downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Allergan downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Basic Energy (BAS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... CBS (CBS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Key Energy (KEG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Macy's (M) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Statoil (STO) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Urban Outfitters (URBN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Telsey Advisory... Urban Outfitters downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Urban Outfitters downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Baker Hughes (BHI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus.... Precision Drilling (PDS) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James.
07:30 EDTKORSMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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07:23 EDTMMacy's downgraded at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill downgraded Macy's to Neutral from Buy. The firm downgraded shares citing valuation and slowing earnings growth. Price target is $65.
06:04 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
November 14, 2014
16:26 EDTMNasdaq clear leader as major averages end week higher
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