We ourselves are not exactly trend-setters when it comes to fashion, but it doesn't take a Diane Von Furstenberg to figure out that Michael Kors (NYSE:KORS) is all over Madison Avenue and Wall Street. The designer of luxury handbags for women released its first quarter earnings last week, revealing a 54.6% rise in revenue from the same period last year, reaching a hot $917.5 million in quarterly revenue.
For those of you keeping score, the revenue figures over the first three months of 2014 are well over the $816 million analysts expected. And here's why: global demand. Mike has already cut the red tape to open over 100 stores worldwide in just the past few months. And that's to satisfy the 63% rise in European sales over the past year.
But what really got investors giddy were the company's good lookin' projections. Through the full year of fiscal 2015, Kors is projecting over 31% year-over-year revenue growth, which would take the company through its 33rd straight quarter of positive revenue gains. Now that's worth tossing a big gold label on.
2. ... And stock market loser
So why are we considering Abercrombie to be a loser? It's not just because we're tired of their aggressively striped polo shirts with jumbo collars or the fact that they snubbed us from modeling in their magazine. It's because those "analyst-beating" revenues were still 2% lower than during the same period over last year. Plus, Abercrombie also suffered a $13 million net loss over the last three months.
The bottom line for Abercrombie is that teens aren't into their look anymore. Abercrombie's own brand stores saw a 1% drop in sales on the quarter, while sales plummeted 7% at their Hollister brand stores. And no one even knows what they plan to do with their failing underwear brand, Gilly Hicks.
4. U.S. GDP surprisingly contracted 1%
We know you tossed on extra North Face layers this past winter, but Wall Street didn't think the weather was this bad: U.S. GDP actually contracted at a 1% annualized rate in the first three months of 2014, compared with the initially small 0.1% growth analysts estimated. Consumers stayed home and weren't consuming, so companies held back from producing and investing in machinery and equipment. Investors hope the second quarter will return to normal so GDP can reach the 3%-plus per year GDP growth that reduces unemployment and lifts wages.
As originally published on MarketSnacks.com
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