• This Apparel Company Is Crushing Estimates

    By Daniel James - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: KORS, PVH, RL

    Times of economic distress are usually not good for fashion retailers, especially luxury brands, as consumers are left with considerably less money to spend on these types of goods. However, with the economic recovery gaining traction, some of these firms are showing pretty solid numbers. Michael Kors (NYSE: KORS) has a strong history of beating estimates, and recently came out with another excellent quarterly report. While this strong growth comes more »

  • Is This Company Worth Investing?

    By Himanshu Poddar - August 18, 2013 | Tickers: COH, KORS, MOV

    Coach (NYSE: COH), the brand known for its luxury products, released its fourth quarter earnings that came as a shock to its investors. Luxury products retailers seem to be having a tough time with slowing demand for its products. But is the luxury market really a thumb down? Let’s understand.

    The Performance

    The company’s net sales totaled $1.22 billion, an increase of 6% over last year. The more »

  • A Little-Known Stock That's Outperforming Michael Kors

    By BA McKenna - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: FOSL, ICON, KORS

    Perhaps, at some point, you've donned Ocean Pacific surf or swimwear? Kept dry in a London Fog raincoat? Gifted or worn whimsical Joe Boxer products? Bought a cool gadget from Sharper Image? Came across Cannon, Royal Velvet, or Fieldcrest while in the market for towels? This diverse range of brands has one thing in common: They're all owned by Iconix Brand Group (NASDAQ: ICON).

    Its other brands include more »

  • Is This Growing Retailer Worth Its Price?

    By Brian Nichols - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: AEO, COH, KORS, RL

    Michael Kors (NYSE: KORS) traded higher by almost 4% after the company announced its fiscal Q1 earnings report. Furthermore, Michael Kors has significantly outperformed other big name retailers who have already reported earnings. However, stock performance is not the only measure where Kors is thriving.

    An important metric in retail

    In retail, one of the most important metrics is comparable or same-store sales. This metric shows how a company’s more »

  • Ralph Lauren - Bargain or Bust?

    By Evan Buck - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: JCP, KORS, RL

    Shares of New York-based clothing designer Ralph Lauren (NYSE: RL) were walloped after the company reported weaker earnings than forecast. In the first quarter of 2013, Ralph Lauren reported net income of $181 million, or $1.94 a share, down from a year-earlier profit of $193 million, or $2.03.  Revenue for the three-month period grew 4% to $1.6 billion, up slightly from a year ago. While retail sales more »

  • Profiting From The Growing Consumer Disposable Income

    By Piyush Arora - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: MA, KORS, TIF

    Thanks to the Fed’s $85 billion worth of monthly liquidity injections, the unemployment rate in the U.S has slid to 7.6%. And with the improving job scenario, the U.S per capita disposable income has grown by nearly $1 trillion over the last year. Since the Fed doesn’t have any plans to unwind its quantitative easing anytime soon, the economic recovery will most likely continue. This more »

  • Is This The Luxury Retailer To Own?

    By Mark Yagalla - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: COH, KORS, RL

    Michael Kors (NYSE: KORS) had a stellar first quarter. The retailer is benefiting from a number of tailwinds that are driving growth and allowing the company to gain market share. Michael Kors' designs have won a legion of fans with its trendy, yet affordable, lifestyle designs that evoke a jet-setter's image. The company has conveyed this in its advertising, and it's working. The company is also making a more »

  • Coach Is Down, But It's Not Out

    By Ryan Palmer - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: COH, LTD, KORS

    Shares of luxury retailer Coach (NYSE: COH) are down 10.5% since the end of July when the company reported poor fourth quarter results. There are multiple reasons to believe that this price dip presents investors with an enticing opportunity to buy a high-quality company at a good price.

    What caused the drop

    Coach recently reported its fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2013 results. The results were generally decent more »

  • Why Can't Analysts Get on "Fossil Standard Time"?

    By BA McKenna - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: FOSL, KORS, MOV, SWGAY.PK

    Fossil (NASDAQ: FOSL) shares popped 19% on August 6 after the watch and accessory maker released second-quarter earnings before the market open. If you're a "watch person," you might not be surprised that Fossil didn't give analysts the time of day as it once again beat revenue and earnings estimates.

    A brief recap of the results before we dig further:

    • Revenue rose 11%, beating estimates of an 8 more »
  • When Investing in Retail Stocks, Stick With the Winners

    By Bob Ciura - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: AEO, JCP, KORS

    Despite the many headwinds facing the U.S. consumer, shoppers keep on spending. You’d think that the combination of the payroll tax hike and the frustratingly slow recovery in the labor market would deliver enough body blows to send the American consumer down for the count.

    At the same time, consumer spending remains resilient. The gradual improvement in the housing market is a likely reason why, and improving consumer more »

  • A Premium Company in the Bargain Bin

    By Andrés Cardenal - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: COH, KORS, RL

    Coach (NYSE: COH) took a serious hit last week when the company reported disappointing results for the second quarter. Sales in North America have slowed down lately, and the company is clearly feeling the pressure from trendier competitors like Michel Kors (NYSE: KORS). But this is still a very profitable company with a valuable brand and plenty of opportunities for growth, so current weakness looks like a buying opportunity from more »

  • Coach Works on Expanding its Product Line

    By Eileen Rojas - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: COH, FNP, KORS

    Leather goods aren’t selling like they used to at Coach (NYSE: COH). The company had unexpected weak sales in their North American segment which led to a 10% drop in its stock price on July 30. With competition growing from the likes of Michael Kors Holdings (NYSE: KORS), Kate Spade, and Tory Burch, Coach is busy transforming itself into a lifestyle brand and expanding its core leather goods business more »

  • A Loser, a Winner, and a Hidden Gem in Affordable Luxury

    By Leo Sun - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: COH, FNP, KORS

    When many investors think of the fashion industry, they tend to think of handbags. After all, companies like Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Prada, and Gucci built empires on the endless desire for pricey purses and accessories. Over the past several decades, however, a new class of affordable luxury handbags, which cost hundreds of dollars rather than thousands, has emerged.

    Although this market was once dominated by Coach (NYSE: COH), which was more »

  • Why High End Stocks Will Always Be in Style

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: COH, KORS, TIF

    A University of Minnesota marketing study has concluded that women buy high end accessories not so much to signify economic status, but as a signal to potential rivals. That Coach (NYSE: COH) purse or Tiffany(NYSE: TIF(NYSE: TIF) )bling supposedly says," I've got a rich man who won't look at you. See this purse (shoes, watch, necklace)..It's one among many he lavishes on me!"

    High end...hands more »

  • This Jones Isn't Keeping Up

    By Robert Hanley - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: FNP, KORS, JNY

    Jones Group’s (NYSE: JNY) share price perked up in early July based on media reports of renewed interest in a takeover of the beleaguered clothier.  Despite an operating footprint across 70 countries, the company’s hodgepodge of 35 brands, including Nine West and Anne Klein, has yet to find a winning formula for profits.  While a diverse portfolio of brands has worked on the men’s side, notably at more »

  • This Fashion Designer Is Cheap, But Should You Jump In?

    By Matthew Frankel - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: COH, KORS, RL

    After years of growing in popularity, it seems that Coach (NYSE: COH) has pretty much maximized its main product lines in the United States. However, the company continues to evolve in two very big ways (more on that in a bit). With the company set to report its earnings on Monday, July 29, now seems like a great time to take a closer look at Coach, as their shares tend more »

  • A Cold Winter Could Take This Company to the Next Level

    By Matthew Frankel - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: COH, DECK, KORS

    I have been a big fan of Deckers Outdoor Corp (NASDAQ: DECK) for some time now. They produce a great product and have excellent brand recognition, especially with their UGG and Teva brands. However, the last time I wrote about Deckers was in February when shares were trading at just over $40 per share and looked like a screaming buy. Well, it looks like I was right. Fast-forward a few more »

  • Luxury Brands in an Austere Market

    By Jacob Wolinsky - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: COH, DB, JCP, KORS, RL

    Stocks of luxury brands Coach (NYSE: COH), Ralph Lauren (NYSE: RL), and Michael Kors (NYSE: KORS) have declined or have remained steady in recent months, reflecting divided opinion on these stocks. While the market believes these stocks need a correction, it may just be a blessing in disguise as discounted entry levels can be used to create fresh long positions.

    Coach stock makes ground in China

    Coach is a well more »

  • Is Mass-Market a Dirty Word for These Stocks?

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: COH, FNP, KORS

    Just in April, NY Magazine fashion blog The Cut called Coach (NYSE: COH) more "mass-market" than its own Reed Krakoff brand, noting that Krakoff's decidedly pricey and high end wares brand didn't fit with Coach anymore. The article made it sound like mass-market was a dirty word.

    Some back-story is in order. Reed Krakoff is the Executive Creative Director at Coach who is leaving to focus on his more »

  • A Review of the Luxury Apparel Industry

    By Vanina Egea - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: KORS, PVH, RL

    Some analysts view the luxury goods sector as being recession-proof. This has been the case for most of the years after the 2008 financial meltdown. But are these companies really armored against the current economic situation? The decline in China’s sales has been affecting most of the companies on the industry as sales in other regions such as Europe or US have been sluggish. It's important to pick more »

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