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December 13, 2012
09:53 EDTVRAVera Bradley rises after Jefferies ups rating to Buy
Apparel designer and retailer Vera Bradley (VRA) is climbing after Jefferies analyst Randal Konik upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold in a note to investors earlier today. There are several reasons why investors should buy Vera Bradley's stock, Konik wrote. The company's comparative sales should continue to increase by mid single digit percentage levels in coming quarters, while the designer's margins should rise this quarter, according to the analyst. Moreover, Vera Bradley can quadruple the number of stores it owns, expand its wholesale business, and widen its footprint in underpenetrated markets, Konik contended. Finally, the retailer's stock trades at a multiple well below that of its peers, according to the analyst, who hiked his price target on the shares to $35 from $22 while maintaining a Buy rating. In early trading, Vera Bradley rose 58c, or 2.40%, to $24.72.
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December 11, 2014
10:13 EDTVRAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:43 EDTVRAVera Bradley downgraded at Sterne Agee
As noted earlier, Sterne Agee downgraded Vera Bradley to Underperform from Neutral. The firm downgraded the stock based on the reduction in the company's guidance, execution risk, and its belief that the company's turnaround initiatives will pressure margins in 2015. Target $18.
07:13 EDTVRAVera Bradley downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Sterne Agee
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December 10, 2014
09:52 EDTVRAVera Bradley sees Q4 gross margin 53.5%-54.5%
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08:07 EDTVRAVera Bradley sees FY15 EPS $1.00-$1.05, consensus $1.04
Sees FY15 revenue $514M-$520M, consensus $527.17M.
08:06 EDTVRAVera Bradley sees Q4 EPS 43c-47c, consensus 50c
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08:05 EDTVRAVera Bradley reports Q3 EPS 21c, consensus 19c
Reports Q3 revenue $125.2M, consensus $127.52M. Reports Q3 SSS, including e-commerce, up 0.9%. In the company's stores, Q3 year-over-year net revenues grew 10.4%, reflecting the opening of 11 full-line and 12 factory outlet stores during the past 12 months. As expected, Q3 SSS were negatively impacted by year-over-year declines in store traffic.

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