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June 25, 2014
13:24 EDTCRI, PLCE, ZUzulily rallies after Goldman ups rating to Buy
Shares of Internet-based retailer zulily (ZU), which focuses on children's apparel, are climbing after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: zulily is poised to generate $1B of sales this year, its fifth year in business, making it only the third retailer to reach the sales milestone that quickly, after Gap's (GPS) Old Navy and (AMZN), Goldman Sachs analyst Taposh Bari wrote in a note to investors. zulily is likely to grow faster than the overall industry, as its multiple initiatives should enable it to attract more customers than expected into 2015, the analyst wrote. Additionally, the stock has reached an attractive entry point following its recent pullback, Bari stated. Furthermore, the company will start offering other types of products such as women's apparel and toys, the analyst believes. He upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral and raised his price target on the shares to $50 from $47. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Although zulily has "agile merchandising" and a strong presence on the mobile Internet, the company also has relatively limited products and "lagging" delivery times, Bari reported. As a result, the threat posed by zulily to traditional children's retailers is somewhat limited, according to the analyst. The retailers best suited to fend off the threat posed by zulily are those with valuable brands, a strong online presence, and "appropriate" retail distribution systems, Bari believes. Carter's (CRI) meets all of these criteria and is a "winner," partly because of its national wholesale operation and thriving online business, according to Bari. Conversely, Children's Place (PLCE) is in a more vulnerable position, since it has similar products to those offered by zulily, along with deteriorating profit margin trends and expensive stores in malls, Bari stated. He kept a Buy rating on Carter's and a Sell rating on Children's Place. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, zulily jumped 10% to $40, while Carter's was flat at $69.50 and Children's Place fell 1% to $50.
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November 18, 2015
10:08 EDTZUGoPro sinks after analyst finds cameras on flash sales sites
The shares of action camera maker GoPro (GPRO) are sinking and hit a new 52-week low after research firm Piper Jaffray reported that the company has been offering significant discounts on its cameras. WHAT'S NEW: GoPro's cameras have been selling on flash sales websites such as Zulily (ZU) and Groupon (GRPN) at price discounts of 16%-34%, Piper analyst Erinn Murphy wrote in a note to investors today. As a result of these discounts and the 147% increase in GoPro's inventory at the end of the third quarter, the analyst is concerned that the company's gross margin could be pressured. In addition to the discounts GoPro is offering on the flash websites, the camera maker cut the price of its GoPro Session camera on Amazon to $299 from $399 in September and there has been "select downward price movement" on two more of its cameras on Amazon, Murphy reported. The analyst continues to expect GoPro's Q4 earnings per share to come in at 34c, versus analysts' consensus estimate of 41c. She slashed her fiscal 2016 EPS estimate for the company to $1.03 from $1.35, versus the consensus outlook of $1.37. Murphy reduced her price target on the stock to $15 from $20 and kept an Underweight rating on the name. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Ambarella (AMBA) makes chips used in GoPro's cameras. Best Buy (BBY), which is due to report its results tomorrow, sells GoPro's cameras. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, GoPro fell 8% to $19.19. Earlier today, it hit a new 52-week low of $19.04.

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