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June 5, 2014
13:17 EDTSHOO, M, KATE, VRA, KORS, COHVera 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.
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July 30, 2015
07:11 EDTSHOOSteven Madden reports Q2 EPS 40c, consensus 39c
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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, KORS, KATEBMO 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.
10:07 EDTVRAHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:04 EDTKORS, COH, KATEHandbag makers estimates, price targets lowered at BMO Capital
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09:00 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Sell due to 'speculative froth' at Gilford Securities
As previously reported, Gilford Securities downgraded Macy's two notches to Sell from Buy. Analyst Bernard Sosnick would use the "speculative froth" in the stock to take profits at attractive prices. Macy's shares rose to a high when Starboard Value announced its belief that Macy's is worth $125 per share based on real estate monetization. Sosnick believes its a "fool's errand" to hold on to shares for real estate value extraction and expects the speculative premium in the stock to disappear.
08:45 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Sell from Buy at Gilford Securities
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July 24, 2015
10:00 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abaxis (ABAX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Dougherty... CF Industries (CF) downgraded on nitrogen outlook at RBC Capital... Capital One (COF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Cepheid (CPHD) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Evercore ISI... Constant Contact (CTCT) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Equifax (EFX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Hannover Re (HVRRY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... IAMGOLD (IAG) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... MSA Safety (MSA) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... MTU Aero (MTUAY) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Macy's (M) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Sunesis (SNSS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cantor... Superior Drilling (SDPI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... TrueCar (TRUE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... WESCO (WCC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens.
06:45 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities
Atlantic Equities analyst Danlela Nedlalkova downgraded Macy's to Underweight with a $64 price target based on expectations of weaker topline trends. Nedlalkova said recent industry commentary and data and global tourist spending decline will likely weigh on Q2 results. The analyst believes annual comp guidance of 2% is likely optimistic with Q1 comps at (0.1%) and expectations for about a flat comp in Q2, indicating 2H comps need to accelerate to 3%-4% to meet guidance. Nedlalkova said shares have been supported by speculation of real estate monetization, but with shares at historic levels, the analyst expects weaker operating results to pressure the stock.
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
08:38 EDTMNRF cuts 2015 retail sales growth forecast to 3.5% from 4.1%
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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 20, 2015
13:46 EDTMAmazon seen eclipsing Macy's as top U.S. clothing retailer
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08:08 EDTMMacy's price target to $78 on likelihood of a REIT transaction at BofA/Merrill
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July 19, 2015
18:13 EDTMMacy's considered, rejected sale/lease-backs in past, WSJ says
Macy's (M) executives have considered sale/lease-backs "over the years" and have come to negative conclusions, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the company. The report comes in the wake of Starboard Value pressuring Macy's to spin off its real estate, and sources said the activist investor sees several options, including a REIT, a Hudsonís Bayís-style real estate partnership, a sale/lease-back, or borrowing money against the properties. Separately, a source said Target (T) is still reluctant to relinquish control over its real estate. Reference Link
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