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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.
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January 26, 2015
17:22 EDTCOHCoach moves Q2 earnings release to January 29
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15:48 EDTCOHCoach technical notes ahead of earnings
The shares have been trading in a wide range, but a well-defined base, since the late summer of last year. The range is largely bound by $33.50 at the low and $38 at the high. A breakout above the top of the range would be bullish, with the prospect of putting the stock back on a more bullish path. A move above the $40 level in particular would break the prevailing downtrend. The $40 level is where the stock broke to the base low in the late summer of 2014. If the low of the range were tested without breaking, then the current range would likely remain intact. A breakdown below the low of the range would find next support at the 52-week low at $32.72.
15:40 EDTCOHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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10:53 EDTKATEKate Spade volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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10:50 EDTKATEOptions with increasing implied volatility: HLSS KATE AVP
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January 23, 2015
10:02 EDTKATE, KORSOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AmSurg (AMSG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Anglo American (AAUKY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Autobytel (ABTL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Ascendiant... Charles River Labs (CRL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... CubeSmart (CUBE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Cypress Semiconductor (CY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... E-Trade (ETFC) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Kate Spade (KATE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... LinkedIn (LNKD) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Matthews (MATW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Meridian Bioscience (VIVO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... NIC Inc. (EGOV) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Maxim... Natural Grocers (NGVC) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nucor (NUE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Smith & Wesson (SWHC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dougherty... Ternium (TX) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Union Pacific (UNP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... ZAGG (ZAGG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
09:02 EDTMMacy's Sacramento fulfillment center to relocate to larger facility
Macy’s announced it plans to relocate its West Sacramento, CA, direct-to-consumer fulfillment center to a larger facility in a nearby location in Sacramento County to support continued sales growth driven by Macy’s omnichannel strategy. Contingent on approvals by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, Macy’s will begin operations in summer 2015 at a 385,000-square-foot facility at 6200 Franklin St., creating approximately 100 new jobs. The current 92,000-square-foot fulfillment center is located about 10 miles away at 3919 Channel Drive in West Sacramento. The current workforce of 72 associates is planned to grow to more than 175 after the move. Macy’s multi-million-dollar upgrade to the new fulfillment center will include building modifications and the latest technology in material handling equipment and warehouse management systems.
07:01 EDTKORSMichael Kors to open flagship store in Japan's Ginza
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06:37 EDTKORSMichael Kors upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho
06:37 EDTKATEKate Spade upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho
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06:09 EDTCOHCoach January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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January 21, 2015
12:12 EDTMBest Buy, home retailers seen getting biggest bump from Sears demise
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10:01 EDTKORSOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ashford Hospitality (AHT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Bazaarvoice (BV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... CVS Health (CVS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Camden Property (CPT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ConocoPhillips (COP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Cree (CREE) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... DDR Corp. (DDR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Esperion (ESPR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... FXCM (FXCM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Fair Isaac (FICO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Golar LNG (GLNG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Nordea... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Host Hotels (HST) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... J.M. Smucker (SJM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kilroy Realty (KRC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded at Nomura... Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Santander Mexico (BSMX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Strategic Hotels (BEE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... The Medicines Co. (MDCO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Wolseley (WOSYY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
09:25 EDTKORSMichael Kors estimates remain ahead of consensus at ITG Research
ITG Research's data indicates Michael Kors year-over-year traffic trends ramped in October and peaked in early December but remains substantially stronger than trends observed coming out of Q2 and the firm's Q3 revenue estimates remains above consensus.
08:00 EDTKORSMichael Kors upgraded to Outperform at Cowen
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06:59 EDTMMacy's sues Strategic Marks in brand dispute, NY Post says
Macy's is suing Strategic Marks after the company attempted to acquire certain Macy's brand names, including Abraham & Straus, Marshall Field’s, and Filene’s, reports the New York Post. Strategic Marks laid claim to the "dormant" brands, saying Macy's acquired then abandoned them in order to eliminate regional competition, and trial is set for March 2. The Post notes that Strategic is readying "its own launch of new merchandise and pop-up stores." Reference Link
06:52 EDTMMacy's sues Strategic Marks in brand dispute, NY Post says
Macy's is suing Strategic Marks after the company attempted to acquire certain Macy's brand names, including Abraham & Straus, Marshall Field's, and Filene's, reports the New York Post. Strategic Marks laid claim to the "dormant" brands, saying Macy's acquired then abandoned them in order to eliminate regional competition, and trial is set for March 2. The Post notes that Strategic is readying "its own launch of new merchandise and pop-up stores." Reference Link
06:02 EDTKORSMichael Kors upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
January 20, 2015
09:44 EDTMSupreme Court denies appeal of 'swipe fee' ruling, Reuters reports
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06:57 EDTKORSMichael Kors relative valuation looks compelling, says Piper Jaffray
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