Why Coach Shares Plummeted

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What: Shares of luxury handbag maker Coach (NYSE: COH  ) plunged 17% on Tuesday after its quarterly sales came in below Wall Street expectations.

So what: Strong sales overseas helped boost Coach's first-quarter profit 24%, but sluggish U.S. demand is triggering serious concerns over high-end spending. While sales in Japan and China spiked 16% and 60%, respectively, management had to lure cost-conscious North Americans away from cheaper rivals with increased promotional activity, raising worries about profitability going forward.

Now what: I'd look into today's big plunge as a possible buy-in opportunity. "Our goals remain unchanged," Chairman and CEO Lew Frankfort reassured investors. "We're committed to achieving double-digit top- and bottom-line growth over our planning horizon. We have a business model that generates significant cash flow and we're in a position to invest in our brand while continuing to return capital to shareholders." When you couple Coach's still-solid fundamentals with its cheapish forward P/E of 12, buying into that long-term bullishness might not be a bad idea.  

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  • Report this Comment On July 31, 2012, at 3:01 PM, JohnCLeven wrote:

    Agreed. Great buying oppurtunity. wonderful company at a fair price.

    Long BRK.B, UPS, and COH.

  • Report this Comment On July 31, 2012, at 9:40 PM, cimarron430 wrote:

    YUP! I agree as well. The market seems very skidish these days and runs for the doors with each bit of bad news. I will buy more.

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