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Nov 26- Tiffany& Co on Tuesday reported a higher quarterly profit, helped by stronger-than-expected sales in Asia, and the U.S. jeweler raised its full-year forecast. The increase was most pronounced in Asia, excluding Japan. In the Americas, comparable sales rose 1 percent, helped by strong sales at the jeweler's famed Fifth Avenue flagship.
Aug 29- Signet Jewelers Ltd reported higher second-quarter sales on Thursday as shoppers spent more per visit at its Kay Jewelers and Jared stores in the United States, but business at its British stores slipped. Total sales rose 3.1 percent to $880.2 million, and same-store sales, or sales at stores open at least a year, increased 3.6 percent.
Home builders are near multi-year highs, rallying two to three percent; while Tiffany's delivers a little blue box to investors in the form of strong first quarter earnings.
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Prepare yourself. We’re about to be flooded with earnings reports from a slew of mall stocks.
"It all comes down to Friday and the non-farm payrolls," said one market-watcher. "What if it comes in at 120,000, or 130,000, and unemployment goes back up to 9 percent? There's going to be a tremendous amount of resistance on the part of the FOMC to give it up."
While many analysts expect holiday sales numbers to be strong, Wall Street is expecting earnings conference calls next week to serve more as inflation strategy sessions than as quarterly reviews.
This week Customer Growth Partners issued its annual retail sales forecast and they are expecting retail sales this year to outpace historical averages. The notable thing about this forecast is that the firm thinks this target can be achieved without consumers really changing course from their current behavior.
Even with the skeletal staffing in New York, comments are trickling in from analysts about the strong holiday season. Several companies have been mentioned multiple times this morning as notable winners: Abercrombie & Fitch, which appears to be continuing to win market share;
After a rough 2009 that saw the demise of several stores, jewelry merchants have emerged as the shining star of the retail sector this holiday, with chains from tony Tiffany to mass-market Sterling Jewelers posting robust sales gains.
To make money now, Cliff Asness told CNBC Thursday, his firm, AQR Capital Management, offers the public two options—one is a hedge-fund-like strategy in a mutual-fund format and the other is based on trends, a type of managed-futures alternative.
A large put trade has been made in Tiffany as its shares have fallen ahead of its holiday sales report Wednesday. One trader this morning bought 10,000 of the January 20 puts...
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The already roiled markets have a new fear: the survival of AIG.
Stocks are challenged to hold their ground, and will have a tough time breaking out of the bear's hold this month.