The handbag survey conducted every quarter by Baird Equity Research suggests big things ahead for Coach (COH).
Analyst Mark R. Altschwager upgraded the handbag and accessory company to outperform from neutral and lifted his price target by 11% to $50, based on survey findings that showed a potential sales turnaround after 12 quarters of comparative sales declines.
Big picture, weve been warming to shares in recent quarters as the company has exhibited progress on brand transformation plans but have been waiting for evidence of more broad-based sales improvement (or cheaper valuation) before raising our rating. We believe our survey points to stronger purchase intent for Coach especially in the outlet channel adding confidence to the sustainability of Coachs comp recovery.
Top 10 Shipping Stocks To Invest In 2016: Williams-Sonoma Inc.(WSM)
Williams-Sonoma, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of home products. It offers culinary and serving equipment, including cookware, cookbooks, cutlery, informal dinnerware, glassware, table linens, specialty foods, and cooking ingredients; and bridal and gift items under the Williams-Sonoma brand name. The company also provides home furnishing categories, including furniture, textiles, decorative accessories, lighting, and tabletop items under the West Elm brand name; bed and bath products under the Pottery Barn brand name; and children?s furnishings and accessories under the Pottery Barn Kids brand name. Williams-Sonoma, Inc. sells its home products through four retail store concepts, which include Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, and West Elm; six direct-mail catalogs that comprise Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn Bed and Bath, PBteen, and West Elm; and six e-commerce Websites, which consist of williams-sonoma.com, potte rybarn.com, potterybarnkids.com, pbteen.com, westelm.com, and wshome.com. As of January 30, 2011, it operated 592 stores, including 260 Williams-Sonoma, 193 Pottery Barn, 85 Pottery Barn Kids, 36 West Elm, and 18 outlet stores located in 44 states of the United States; Washington, D.C.; Canada; and Puerto Rico. The company was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Wall Street expects Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM) to post its quarterly earnings at $1.58 per share on revenue of $1.62 billion. Williams-Sonoma shares declined 0.14 percent to $58.13 in after-hours trading.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.50 per share on revenue of $1.08 billion.
Infoblox Inc (NYSE: BLOX) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.05 per share on revenue of $84.96 million.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.58 per share on revenue of $1.62 billion.
CLARCOR Inc. (NYSE: CLC) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.40 per share on revenue of $310.87 million.
Top 10 Shipping Stocks To Invest In 2016: Signet Jewelers Limited(SIG)
Signet Jewelers Limited engages in the retail sale of jewelry and watches in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and the Channel Islands. Its Sterling Jewelers division operates stores in malls and off-mall locations under the Kay Jewelers, Kay Jewelers Outlet, Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry, Jared VaultTM, Jared Jewelry BoutiqueTM, Jared Vivid, JB Robinson Jewelers, Marks & Morgan Jewelers, Every kiss begins with Kay, He went to Jared, Celebrate Life. Express Love., the Leo Diamond, Hearts Desire, Artistry Diamonds, Charmed Memories, Diamonds in Rhythm, and Open Hearts by Jane Seymour names. As at January 31, 2015, it operated 1,504 stores in 50 states. The companys Zale division operates jewelry stores and mall-based kiosks in shopping malls under the Zales, Zales JewelersTM, Zales the Diamond Store, Zales the Online Diamond StoreTM, Zales Outlet, Gordon’s Jewelers, Peoples Jewellers, Peoples the Diamond Store, Peoples Outlet the Diamond Store, Mappins, Piercing Pagoda, Arctic Brilliance Canadian DiamondsTM, Candy Colored Diamonds and Gemstones, Celebration Diamond, The Celebration Diamond Collection, and Unstoppable LoveT names. As of January 31, 2015, it operated 972 jewelry stores and 605 mall-based kiosks. Its UK Jewelry division operates stores in shopping malls and prime High Street locations under the H.Samuel, Ernest Jones, Ernest Jones Outlet Collection, Leslie Davis, and Forever Diamonds names. As at January 31, 2015, this division operated 498 stores. The company also operates a diamond polishing factory, which is involved in diamond sourcing and manufacturing activities. Signet Jewelers Limited was founded in 1950 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Cowen’s Oliver Chen and team cut their rating on Tiffany (TIF) to Market Perform from Outperform, citing “uncontrollable risks,” and stating a preference forSignet Jewelers (SIG). They explain:
10 Best Solar Stocks To Watch For 2016: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)
Wells Fargo & Company, through its subsidiaries, provides retail, commercial, and corporate banking services primarily in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Community Banking; Wholesale Banking; and Wealth, Brokerage, and Retirement. The Community Banking segment offers deposits, including checking, market rate, and individual retirement accounts; savings and time deposits; and debit cards. Its loan products comprise lines of credit, auto floor plans, equity lines and loans, equipment and transportation loans, education loans, residential mortgage loans, health savings accounts, and credit cards. This segment also provides equipment leases, real estate financing, small business administration financing, venture capital financing, cash management, payroll services, retirement plans, loans secured by autos, and merchant payment processing services; purchases sales finance contracts from retail merchants; and a family of funds, and investment managemen t services. The Wholesale Banking segment offers commercial and corporate banking products and services, including commercial loans and lines of credit, letters of credit, asset-based lending, equipment leasing, international trade facilities, trade financing, collection services, foreign exchange services, treasury and investment management, institutional fixed-income sales, commodity and equity risk management, insurance, corporate trust fiduciary and agency services, and investment banking services. This segment also provides banking products for commercial real estate market, and real estate and mortgage brokerage services. The Wealth, Brokerage, and Retirement segment offers financial advisory, brokerage, and institutional retirement and trust services. As of December 31, 2010, the company served its customers through approximately 9,000 banking stores in 39 States and the District of Columbia. Wells Fargo & Company was founded in 1929 and is headquartered in San Franc i sco, California.
- [By Amanda Alix]
How did megabanks like Bank of America (NYSE: BAC ) , Citigroup (NYSE: C ) , JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM ) , and Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC ) fare with these self-generated, self-administered tests? Not surprisingly, they all passed with flying colors.
- [By Benzinga News Desk]
Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) Reports Q2 EPS $1.01 vs. Est. $1.01, Rev. $22.16B vs. Est. $22.17B
UBS (NYSE: UBS) Q2 EPS $0.83, Revenue $5.45B; Q2 EPS Up ~4% YoY, Revenue Up ~8% YoY
PNC (NYSE: PNC) Q2 EPS $1.82 vs $1.75 est, Revenue $3.79B vs $3.81B est
Simulations Plus (NASDAQ: SLP) Reports Q3 EPS $0.11 vs. Est. $0.12, Rev. $6.01M vs. Est. $6.57M
- [By David Sterman]
Would Buffett look to acquire regional banks? He's a huge fan (and a major shareholder) of Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC), but he's shown little interest in smaller banks thus far.
Top 10 Shipping Stocks To Invest In 2016: Pharmerica Corporation(PMC)
Pharmerica Corporation operates as an institutional pharmacy services company in the United States. It offers services to healthcare facilities and provides management pharmacy services to hospitals. The company purchases, repackages, and dispenses prescription and non-prescription pharmaceuticals in accordance with physician orders and delivers such medication to healthcare facilities for administration to individual patients and residents. It also provides consultant pharmacist services for customers to comply with the federal and state regulations applicable to nursing homes; and medical records services. In addition, the company offers various ancillary services, such as infusion therapy products and services; and hospital pharmacy management services, including hospital pharmacy operations, regulatory and financial management services, and clinical pharmacy programs to various hospitals. PharMerica Corporation operates approximately 95 institutional pharmacies in 44 s tates and provides pharmacy management services to 91 hospitals. Its customers primarily include institutional healthcare providers, such as skilled nursing facilities, nursing centers, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and other long-term alternative care settings. The company is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.
- [By Monica Gerson]
PharMerica Corporation (NYSE: PMC) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.43 per share on revenue of $509.45 million.
United States Cellular Corp (NYSE: USM) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $975.54 million.
Top 10 Shipping Stocks To Invest In 2016: Towerstream Corporation(TWER)
Towerstream Corporation, a 4G service provider, delivers high-speed wireless Internet access to businesses in the United States. The company offers broadband services to commercial customers, and delivers access over a wireless network transmitting over regulated and unregulated radio spectrum. Its service supports bandwidth on demand, wireless redundancy, virtual private networks, disaster recovery, bundled data, and video services. The company provides its services to customers in New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay area, Miami, Seattle, Dallas-Fort Worth, Nashville, Las Vegas-Reno, and the greater Providence area. It also operates Manhattan Wi-Fi network for mobile operators, retail/daily deal providers, and Wi-Fi operators. Towerstream Corporation offers its services directly, as well as through integrators, resellers, and online operators. The company was founded in 1999 and is based in Middletown, Rhode Island.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Towerstream Corporation (NASDAQ: TWER) shares were also up, gaining 9 percent to $3.49. Towerstream is scheduled to report Q2 financial results on August 9, 2016.
Top 10 Shipping Stocks To Invest In 2016: Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS(TKC)
Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. engages in establishing and operating a global system for mobile communications network in Turkey. It provides mobile voice, and Internet services over its mobile communications network; voice services, which include wireless telephone services on a prepaid and postpaid basis; mobile Internet and 3G services; consumer services; Telco services; TV and video services; music services; infotainment services; social community and other services; and mobile financial services The company also offers Turkcell enablers and platforms; corporate (B2B); corporate telco; authentication; location based; mobile marketing; machine-to-machine communications; and international roaming services. In addition, it provides Mobile Signature, a GSM service that enables customers to sign electronic documents and transactions with a legally-accepted digital signature using GSM SIM cards; and Mobile Billboard, which enables brands to reach their targeted customers . As of December 31, 2010, the company had approximately 23.3 million prepaid subscribers and 10.1 million postpaid subscribers. It sells its products and services through its distribution network consists of distributors, Turkcell distribution centers, corporate solution centers, non exclusive dealers, Turkcell communication centers, Turkcell stores, and consumer electronic Chains, as well as points of sale for prepaid airtime, including ATMs, POS, Web, call centers, supermarkets, and kiosks. The company was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS is a subsidiary of Turkcell Holding A.S.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Wednesday, telecommunications services shares slipped by 0.08 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (ADR) (NYSE: TKC), down 2 percent, and Telefonica Brasil SA (ADR) (NYSE: VIV), down 2.5 percent.
Top 10 Shipping Stocks To Invest In 2016: Lowe’s Companies Inc.(LOW)
Lowe’s Companies, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a home improvement retailer in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company offers a range of products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, home decorating, and property maintenance. It provides home improvement products in the categories of appliances, lumber, paint, millwork, building materials, lawn and landscape products, flooring, rough plumbing, seasonal living, tools, hardware, fashion plumbing, lighting, nursery, outdoor power equipment, cabinets and countertops, home organization, rough electrical, and home fashion, as well as boards, panel products, irrigation pipes, vinyl sidings, and ladders. The company also offers installation services through independent contractors in various product categories. Lowe’s Companies serves homeowners and renters primarily consisting of do-it-yourself customers and do-it-for-me customers; and commercial business customers, who work in the construction, rep air/remodel, commercial and residential property management, or business maintenance professions. As of August 15, 2011, it operated approximately 1,725 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company also offers its products through electronic product catalogs and Lowes.com. Lowe’s Companies, Inc. was founded in 1952 and is based in Mooresville, North Carolina.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of Lowe’s (LOW) are up more than 3% following its better-than-forecast earnings today–and some of its numbers were even better than Home Depot’s (HD). Credit Suisse analysts Seth Sigman and Kieran McGrath explain:
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Lowe’s delivered a significant top line beat (+7.5% US comps), along with a modest EPS beat ($0.02). It outperformedHome Depot (though its quarter may have captured a more favorable period see more on that below). EPS upside was limited by lower gross margin and less flow through. Guidance was left unchanged. Adding it all up, we think strong top line results and 24% EPS growth should be enough send the stock up today, serving as another reminder of the strength of this category andLowe’s opportunity…
Lowe’s US comps of 7.5% came in well above our and the markets expectation, of 4-5% afterHome Depot yesterday. This is a very strong result, accelerating from +5.5% in Q4, both on a one- and two-year basis, and we give a lot of credit to the team for strong execution in the quarter. As noted above, limiting EPS upside was gross margin (-44 bps vs. expectations for up slightly), and lower flow through than expected (10 bps of EBIT expansion for every point of comps above 1%), particularly given thatLowe’s was no longer incurring costs to operate in Australia. However, we believe the company has discussed more of a back-end weighting to its margin expansion, due to mix and promotional cadence. This seems consistent.
There will likely be some focus on the comps gap withHome Depot today, asLowe’s outperformed in the US (well ahead of our expectations for the gap to remain wide at 250+ bps). One difference to note forLowe’s vs.Home Depot is the calendar;Lowe’s quarter captured the last weekend in January, but not the last weekend in April. We are not sure how meaningful that is, but given that April was the wea
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Credit Suisse analysts Seth Sigman and Kieran McGrath argue that both Home Depot (HD) and Lowe’s (LOW) will beat first -quarter earnings forecasts, but Home Depot is a “better way to play” earnings. They explain why:
Top 10 Shipping Stocks To Invest In 2016: Credit Suisse Group(CS)
Credit Suisse Group AG, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a financial services company. The company operates in three segments: Private Banking, Investment Banking, and Asset Management. The Private Banking segment offers advisory services and a range of wealth management solutions, including pension planning, life insurance products, tax planning, and wealth and inheritance advice for the high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. This segment also supplies banking products and services to affluent, high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients, and corporates and institutions. The Investment Banking segment provides investment banking and securities products and services to corporations, governments, pension funds, and institutions. Its products and services include debt and equity underwriting, sales and trading, mergers and acquisitions advice, divestitures, corporate sales, restructuring, and investment research. The Asset Management segment offe rs integrated investment solutions and services to institutions, governments, foundations and endowments, corporations, and individuals. It provides access to a range of investment classes across alternative investment, asset allocation, and traditional investment strategies. The company operates in Switzerland, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, and the Asia Pacific. Credit Suisse Group AG was founded in 1856 and is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.
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- [By Paul R. La Monica]
European banks worse off than 2008? Lamensdorf is concerned about the exposure to bad loans (especially energy company debt) held by big banks such as Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Credit Suisse (CS) and Deutsche Bank (DB). He’s shorting all three.
Top 10 Shipping Stocks To Invest In 2016: Exelon Corporation(EXC)
Exelon Corporation, a utility services holding company, engages in the energy generation and delivery businesses in the United States. It owns electric generating facilities, such as nuclear, fossil, and hydroelectric generation facilities, as well as wind and solar photovoltaic facilities. The company also sells renewable energy and other energy-related products and services; and engages in the natural gas and oil exploration and production activities, as well as sells electricity and natural gas to wholesale and retail customers. In addition, it engages in the purchase and regulated retail sale of electricity, and the provision of electricity transmission and distribution services to retail customers in northern Illinois, southeastern Pennsylvania, and central Maryland. Further, the company is involved in the purchase and regulated retail sale of natural gas, and the provision of gas distribution services to retail customers in the Pennsylvania counties surrounding the City of Philadelphia, as well as in central Maryland, including the City of Baltimore. It serves distribution utilities, municipalities, cooperatives, and financial institutions, as well as commercial, industrial, governmental, and residential customers. The company was founded in 1887 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.68 per share on revenue of $7.52 billion.
CST Brands Inc (NYSE: CST) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.22 per share on revenue of $2.30 billion.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Analysts are expecting Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) to have earned $0.68 per share on revenue of $7.52 billion in the latest quarter. Exelon shares rose 0.34 percent to close at $35.38 on Thursday.
- [By Horizon Investments]
For the past year, Exelon Corp. (EXC) has had a roller coaster ride, with the stock having plummeted 15% since September 2012 – the company had announced a dividend cut of 41%, which led to a drop in the share price. Separately, the recent weak PJM auction prices did not bode well for the company. However, I believe the worst is priced in the stock price, and the company’s management is committed to improving its financial flexibility and cost structure in order to strengthen its financial performance. Also, the company is planning to incur capital expenditure (CAPEX) in the upcoming years, which will result in rate base growth for Exelon.
Top 10 Shipping Stocks To Invest In 2016: Sina Corporation(SINA)
SINA Corporation provides online media and mobile value-added services (MVAS) in the People?s Republic of China. It provides advertising, non-advertising, and free services through SINA.com, Weibo.com, and SINA Mobile. SINA.com offers free interest-based channels that provide region-focused format and content, including news, sports, automobile-related news, finance, entertainment, luxury, technology, digital, tools, collectibles, video, music, and wireless application protocol, as well as interactive platform for fashion-conscious users to share comments and ideas on a range of topics, such as health, cosmetics, and beauty. The company’s microblogging platform, Weibo.com, enables its users to follow the hottest topics being discussed online, as well as discussions related to people they know. Weibo accounts consist of celebrities, commercial enterprises, government entities, and grass root Internet users. Its SINA Mobile service allows users to receive news and informatio n, download ring tones, mobile games and pictures, and participate in dating and friendship communities. The company also offers SINA Game, which serves as an interactive platform that provides users with downloads and gateway access to popular online games; SINA eReading, a shop for book reviews; SINA.net, an enterprise solutions platform to assist businesses and government bodies; and SINA Mall, an online shopping Website. In addition, it provides a platform for Chinese bloggers; photo-sharing platform; free email, VIP mail, and corporate email for enterprise users; audio and video-based instant messaging tools; proprietary search technology; and classified advertising services, as well as hosts topic-specific discussion forums in Chinese language; and creates user-maintained and supported online communities. The company has strategic cooperation agreement with China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited. SINA Corporation was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the Peo p le?s Republic of China.
- [By Monica Gerson]
SINA Corp (NASDAQ: SINA) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share on revenue of $189.47 million.
Eldorado Gold Corp (USA) (NYSE: EGO) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.01 per share on revenue of $188.91 million.