New York, NY (PRWEB) November 01, 2012
In a recent Investment Contrarians article, editor George Leong reports that the share price of luxury stock Coach is down 28.4% from its 52-week high (source: “Company Information,” Coach web site, last accessed October 31, 2012). Leong notes that the retailer of high-end designer handbags and accessories is struggling to achieve the sales growth that helped to drive the stock from the $2.00 level in 2000. According to Leong, the slowing from Coach indicates the current stalling of luxury brand stocks in the retail sector, as higher-end consumers appear to be cutting back on spending.
Citing the company, Leong reports; “Coach is facing some slowing in consumer spending at its factory outlet stores, and if not for strong sales in China, the growth would be even lower… Same-store sales from China grew at double-digits versus a muted 1.7% in North America.”
As Leong states, luxury retail stocks had been on a tear in 2011, but have now lost some luster amongst investors in the retail sector.
The Investment Contrarians editor reports that luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co., after beating Thomson Financial consensus earnings-per-share (EPS) estimates in three straight quarters, has fallen short in the last three consecutive quarters.
However, Leong points to high-end clothing retailer Michael Kors as the exception; Michael Kors beat Thomson Financial EPS estimates by 122.2% in its fiscal third quarter, 37.5% in its fiscal fourth quarter, and 70.0% in its 2013 fiscal first quarter. (Source: Yahoo! Finance web site, last accessed October 31, 2012.)
“The luxury retail sector stocks are a niche that has a growing target market with the new-found riches in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China),” explains Leong. “These stocks tend to have strong global brand awareness, and are sought after by those who are the newly rich, and those who are the old money.”
“The retail sector continues to be a difficult place to make money and requires careful attention and monitoring,” reasons Leong, concluding that there are trades to be made, but investors need to be selective.
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After a 25- to 30-year down cycle in interest rates, the Investment Contrarians editors expect rapid inflation caused by huge government debt and money printing will eventually start us on a new cycle of rising interest rates.
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