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March 10, 2013
18:39 EDTWMT, NKE, COH, GPS, YUMChina's economic data show weakest beginning since 2009, Bloomberg says
China’s industrial output had the slowest start to a year since 2009 and lending and retail sales growth slowed, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
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July 28, 2015
14:55 EDTWMTEarnings Watch: MasterCard reports after peers warn of currency headwinds
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10:23 EDTCOHBMO 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.
09:04 EDTCOHHandbag makers estimates, price targets lowered at BMO Capital
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07:25 EDTNKENike price target raised to $128 on trade deal potential at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Edward Plank raised his price target for Nike to $128 to reflect greater likelihood of the Trans-Pacific Partnership becoming law. The elimination of Vietnam import tariffs could benefit Nike's margins by up to 400 basis points over time, Plank tells investors in a research note. The recent granting of fast-track authority to President Obama significantly increases the likelihood of the free trade agreement passing, the analyst writes. He keeps a Buy rating on Nike.
July 27, 2015
06:36 EDTNKENike to pay $2.4M to FuelBand customers, AppleInsider reports
Under terms agreed upon in June, Nike (NKE) will pay $2.4M to customers who purchased a FuelBand product anytime between January 19, 2012 and June 17, 2015 to settle a class action suit leveled against itself and Apple (AAPL) in 2013, AppleInsider reports. Apple was named as a defendant in the suit, but holds no responsibility or liability for attorneys' fees or costs, the report says. The plaintiffs alleged that the Fuelband was unable to accurately track calorie burn, steps, and overall activity, the report says. Reference Link
July 24, 2015
06:37 EDTWMTWal-Mart increases offerings in baby category
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July 23, 2015
19:24 EDTWMTWal-Mart's Apple Pay competitor launching soon, Bloomberg says
CurrentC, the mobile payment application funded by Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Best Buy (BBY) and others, will see an early trial run next month, Bloomberg reported earlier, citing three people familiar with the situation. A spokesperson for Lowe's (LOW) said the consortium behind the app expects an official launch in Q3, and Bloomberg noted that CurrentC will compete with more "established" offerings such as Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay and Google's (GOOG) Android Pay. Reference Link
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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05:08 EDTWMTWal-Mart acquires remaining shares of Yihaodian
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July 22, 2015
13:25 EDTWMTWal-Mart to end overnight hours at certain stores, Bloomberg reports
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08:38 EDTWMTNRF 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 21, 2015
10:24 EDTYUMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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06:07 EDTGPSONUG: Yahoo hires VP of global network from Symantec
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July 20, 2015
13:46 EDTWMTAmazon seen eclipsing Macy's as top U.S. clothing retailer
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July 17, 2015
10:04 EDTYUMYum! Brands mentioned cautiously by Seeking Alpha contributor
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07:54 EDTCOHCoach near-term risk remains but could create opportunity, says UBS
UBS believes near-term risk remains for Coach but sees underlying trends creating the potential for a buying opportunity. The firm noted its concerns surrounding the company's heavy promotions but sees the brand improving with millennials. UBS reiterated its Neutral rating and lowered its price target to $34 from $40 on Coach shares.
July 16, 2015
10:00 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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