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What happened

Shares of Kate Spade & Company (NYSE:KATE) fell 25.1% in the month of April,according to data provided byS&P Global Market Intelligence, after reports that the luxury lifestyle-products specialist wanted more time to consider a buyout offer, then announced disappointing first-quarter 2017 results.

So what

Kate Spade popped nearly 29% in February after the company revealed it was evaluating strategic alternatives. But after industry peerCoach Inc. reportedly presented an offer in late March, Kate Spade shares fell as much as 16% in a single day in early April after sources speaking to Reuters said it needed a few more weeks to negotiate a potential deal.

Kate Spade Handbags, IMAGE SOURCE: KATE SPADE & CO.

However, shares declined another 6.3% on April 18, 2017, when Kate Spade announced first-quarter 2017 results that missed expectations, stoking worries that its approach may have backfired. Quarterly revenue declined 1.1% year over year, to $271.2 million — below estimates for $299 million — including a 2.4% decline in same-store sales.

stock trading basics: NewJersey Resources Corporation(NJR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Daniela Pylypczak]

    New Jersey Resources Corp.(NJR) announced on Tuesday that it will raise its quarterly dividend rate by 5%.

    The new quarterly dividend rate will be 42 cents per share, up 2 cents from the prior 40 cents per share rate. Annually, the dividend rate will now be $1.68 per share. The new rate will be effective with the dividend payable October 1, 2013 to shareholders of record on September 23, 2013.

    Commenting on the increase, Chairman and CEO Laurence M. Downes noted “Our shareowners look to us year after year for consistent financial performance and a competitive return on their investment.he action taken today by our board of directors allows us to increase our dividend for the 20th time in the last 18 years. This is an acknowledgement of our team’s unwavering focus to provide exceptional value for our customers and shareowners.”

    New Jersey Resources shares traded 0.06% lower during Tuesday’s session. Year-to-date, the stock is up 5.90%.

stock trading basics: Computer Programs and Systems Inc.(CPSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Computer Programs & Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CPSI) were down 31 percent to $27.00 after the company posted weaker-than-expected Q2 results.

stock trading basics: KLX Inc.(KLXI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    KLX Inc (NASDAQ: KLXI) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.30 per share on revenue of $383.62 million.

    Baozun Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ: BZUN) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.19 per share on revenue of $610.98 million.

stock trading basics: CA Inc.(CA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 15.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 6.8%. Weakness in the company’s revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

    Net operating cash flow has decreased to $45.00 million or 31.81% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm’s growth is significantly lower.


  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    The current dividend yield for CA is 3.55%, well above the 2.07% for the S&P 500. We believe the dividend is safe as improvements in marketing and sales should help return the top line to growth in the middle of calendar 2016, while still seeing modest margin expansion. 

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    We rate CA INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C+. 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 attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. 

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and greatly underperformed compared to the Software industry average. The net income has significantly decreased by 32.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $256.00 million to $174.00 million.


  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, technology shares fell 1.57 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included CA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CA), down 10 percent, and DST Systems, Inc. (NYSE: DST), down 10 percent.

  • [By Laurie Kulikowski]

    The gross profit margin for CA INC is currently very high, coming in at 85.27%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 17.31% trails the industry average.


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