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Why Kate Spade (KATE) Stock Is Soaring Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Kate Spade & Co. (KATE) are climbing higher by 6.90% to $31 at the start of trading on Wednesday, as the stock starts to rebound from Tuesday afternoon’s dramatic sell-off.

The designer and marketer of retail based clothing and accessories saw its stock decline in afternoon trading yesterday after the company expressed concerns regarding thinning margins, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The company closed down -25% on Tuesday.

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Earlier yesterday the shares were up on positive earnings, after Kate Spade reported a narrow net loss of -$4.04 million, or -3 cents per share for the 2014 second quarter, compared to a loss of -$43.14 million or -36 cents per share for the 2013 second quarter.

Kate Spade posted adjusted earnings per share of 5 cents for the most recent quarter, versus a loss of -8 cents for the year ago period.

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report break even earnings.

Net sales grew 48.7% to $266 million, from $179 million over 2013’s second quarter.

Analysts were expecting revenue of $237.83 million.


Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates KATE SPADE & CO as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate KATE SPADE & CO (KATE) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, revenue growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, premium valuation and weak operating cash flow."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: KATE Ratings Report

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