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HD: Keep a Trade a Trade

There’s not a boatload of companies anymore in retail that have the kind of setup into the quarter that we see in HD, which can’t be ignored on top of a bullish formation. There’s a trade to be had – but be careful about timing, and ‘Keep a Trade a Trade!’

 

HD is a name that Keith’s models flag as looking solid on his short-term TRADE duration. Specific levels are as follows…

 

TRADE = 28.36

TREND = 27.49

TAIL = $25.19

 

Looking at the financials, let’s keep this simple. HD is going up against a -17% comp, and an 800bp erosion in operating margin last year. Underlying trends have been improving on the margin (looking at 2 and 3-year numbers), and yet the consensus is modeling a flat quarter. Upside is likely.

 

The SIGMA chart below (as always, call if you need a hand interpreting -- someday I'll figure out a way to simplify it) also shows the disconnect that we saw in 4Q of last year with working capital as it relates to sales. Simply put, the delta between sales and inventories was the worst we saw last year since well before the recession began. Combine that with one of the worst margin quarters in HD history, and it led to the mother of all squeezes on cash flow. We don’t need to bank on better snowblower and rock salt sales to do better than that this go around.

 

But as noted, Keep a Trade a Trade! After 1Q, you’re gonna need to bank on a housing recovery. If you’re in that camp, then we wish you the best of luck – you’ll need it. Actually, to the extent your process supports a housing recovery, give our Macro team a call. They’ve got plenty of research that should help balance any such view.

 

Brian McGough

 

HD: Keep a Trade a Trade - hd1


CLAIMS GET THEIR GROOVE BACK - IMPROVEMENT BODES WELL FOR CREDIT

After going the wrong way for 3 weeks, initial unemployment claims dropped to 440k last week, down 43k from 483k the week prior (revised up 3k). This brings the 4-week rolling average down 1.5k to 468.3k from 469.8k last week. This is an important print as it reverses the negative trend of the last three weeks, and keeps the trajectory in-line with the data trends since March 2009.

 

As a reminder, our channel shows claims hitting 375-400k between late-February - mid-May, at which point we expect unemployment to begin to move steadily lower. The drop in unemployment from 10.0% to 9.7% this past month suggests we may already be at that point. We consider the rolling claims data the best leading indicator for consumer credit, and this week's data bodes well for consumer finance companies.

 

Joshua Steiner, CFA

 

CLAIMS GET THEIR GROOVE BACK - IMPROVEMENT BODES WELL FOR CREDIT - js11

 

 


LVS: WE ALL KNOW IT WILL BE A GOOD QUARTER

LVS should have a pretty good quarter and we expect them to be fairly bullish about the opening of Marina Bay Sands, the hot streak in Macau, and stabilizing trends in Vegas.

 

 

The question is, will it be good enough?  We’re above the Street on most Q4 metrics but LVS may need to beat our numbers and convince the Street to raise 2010 estimates for the stock to go higher.  Whisper expectations are pretty high, and justifiably so. Macau is booming, particularly the VIP side.  January was huge and with the calendar shift of the Chinese New Year into February from January last year, expectations are that February could be an even bigger month.

 

We generally share that view although we do have some concerns.  First, the tightening by the Chinese government should eventually work its way to the VIP business, which is heavily reliant on liquidity and credit.  While any impact on February will likely be masked by the Chinese New Year impact, March could see a big slowdown. In our 1/26/10 post, “MACAU VIP AND THE MACRO VARIABLES”, we showed that China economic indicators had a material impact on driving VIP business.  Our second concern is with the 20% increase in Mass table supply after Wynn Encore opens later this quarter.  Finally, our sources have indicated that SJM plans to get very aggressive on stealing VIP market share, even at the expense of margins, this year.  This could pressure Macau margins.

 

 

Q4 PREVIEW

 

We expect LVS to report $320MM of EBITDA on $1.3BN of revenues in 4Q09 compared to consensus of $282MM of EBITDA on $1.235BN of revenues. 

 

Las Vegas

  • Revenue of $295MM and EBITDA of $98MM
  • Slot handle down 11% y-o-y  with 7% slot win (company implied it would be higher though), table drop up 2.4% y-o-y and 19.5% hold
  • Venetian RevPAR of $163 (down 13%) and Palazzo RevPAR of $169 (down 19%)
  • Operating expenses of $197MM, down 17% y-o-y

Macau

  • Sands:  $295MM of net revenue and $77MM of EBITDAR
    • VIP:  RC drop of $6.7BN (11% direct play) and $211MM of win, so an estimated hold % of 3.16%
    • Mass win of $117MM and slot win of $22MM
    • Variable expenses (taxes, gaming premium, commission in excess of contra-revenue cash back already captured in net revenue) of $174MM
    • Fixed expenses and cost of non-gaming revenues of $43MM (flat with 3Q09)
  • Venetian:  $559MM of net revenue and $172MM of EBITDAR
    • VIP: RC drop of $10.2BN (20% direct play) and $313MM of win, so an estimated hold % of 3.07%
    • Mass win of $202MM and slot win of $48MM
    • Variable expenses (taxes, gaming premium, commission in excess of contra-revenue cash back already captured in net revenue) of $284MM
    • Fixed expenses and cost of non-gaming revenues of $103MM
  • Four Seasons:  $83MM of net revenue and $12.4MM of EBITDAR
    • VIP: RC drop of $3.65BN (25% direct play, could be higher though last Q was 50%) and $76MM of win, so an estimated hold % of 2.09%
    • Mass win of $18MM and slot win of $5MM
    • Variable expenses (taxes, gaming premium, commission in excess of contra-revenue cash back already captured in net revenue) of $51.4MM
    • Fixed expenses and cost of non-gaming revenues of $19.5MM

Sands Bethlehem

  • Revenues of $58MM and EBITDA of $9MM
  • Reported gaming revenues of $54MM and total revenues of $58MM
  • Reported state taxes of $29.5MM and $20MM of other operating expenses

 

JANUARY 2010 NUMBERS

 

Below are January numbers for LVS's Macau & PA properties from our proprietary database

 

Macau

  • Sands:
    • $2.1BN of RC volume, high hold of 3.36% assuming 12% direct play for a VIP revenues of $71MM
    • Mass win of $47MM and slot win of $8MM
  • Venetian:
    • $3.3BN of RC volume, high hold of 3.5% assuming 20% direct play for a VIP revenues of $116MM
    • Mass win of $74MM and slot win of $18MM
  • Four Seasons:
    • $1.16BN of RC volume, high hold of 3.06% assuming 27% direct play for a VIP revenues of $37MM
    • Mass win of $10MM and slot win of $2MM

 

Sands Bethlehem

  • They added 250 slots in December and reported state gaming revenues were $21.3MM. Slot win per day increased to over $211

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CLAIMS GET THEIR GROOVE BACK - IMPROVEMENT BODES WELL FOR CREDIT

After going the wrong way for 3 weeks, initial unemployment claims dropped to 440k last week, down 43k from 483k the week prior (revised up 3k). This brings the 4-week rolling average down 1.5k to 468.3k from 469.8k last week. This is an important print as it reverses the negative trend of the last three weeks, and keeps the trajectory in-line with the data trends since March 2009.

 

As a reminder, our channel shows claims hitting 375-400k between late-February - mid-May, at which point we expect unemployment to begin to move steadily lower. The drop in unemployment from 10.0% to 9.7% this past month suggests we may already be at that point. We consider the rolling claims data the best leading indicator for consumer credit, and this week's data bodes well for consumer finance companies.

 

CLAIMS GET THEIR GROOVE BACK - IMPROVEMENT BODES WELL FOR CREDIT - claims

 

Joshua Steiner, CFA


Confidence and Cowardice

"Whether you think you can or think you can't - you are right. "

-Henry Ford

 

Like all mornings, today we are waking up to many more global macro risks than what's happening in Greek bonds or how much snow some people have in their Connecticut driveway. While many of us can be distracted by our own personal issues, it's important to remember that global markets wait for no one.

 

I am certainly not suggesting that European sovereign debt issues don't matter any more. We have been calling out the percolating risks in Greek and Spanish credit default swaps for 3 months. These risks are no longer new. They are simply becoming understood. This is progress.

 

Each day we are tasked with re-rating global macro risk. Since these risks are constantly being re-priced on a marked-to-market basis, we let real-time prices rule over our emotions. I can't imagine being called a PIG (Portugal, Italy, Greece) by the US media every day enthuses Europeans. Nor does China laughing at our Treasury Secretary make Americans smile. The art of risk management is just checking all our emotional baggage at the door.

 

From a real-time risk manager's perspective, this morning I see the following three topics as most influential on markets:

 

1. Chinese Economic Data

2. US Monetary Policy

3. Sovereign Debt

 

I'm not going to draw a box around my head and think inside of it, so I won't consider these risk factors with any particular weight of importance. Rather, like any good student of complexity theory, I'll consider them in the aggregate. What deep simplicity can I deduce from the most recent data points on my macro screens?

 

1. Chinese Economic Data

 

The data reported overnight had a little bit of something for everyone. The Chinese stock market closed flat on the session (down -8.9% YTD) reflecting how mixed the economic data flushed out. On one hand, Chinese loan growth for January was a moonshot to the upside (1.39 Trillion Yuan - thats a lot of Yuans!). On the other hand, money supply growth (M2) dropped again, sequentially, by -170 basis points (month-over-month) to +26% year-over-year. It's important to remember that money supply growth in China peaked in November of 2009 at +29.7% y/y. Since we called for this easy money chart to rollover at the begining of 2010, I'll call this inline with what we were expecting.

 

On the inflation front, China had higher than expected PPI (producer prices) and lower than expected CPI (consumer prices). Again, a little something for everyone, but the media seems to be more focussed on the CPI report so let's grind through that. Consumer prices in China have been moving up into the right for the last 6 months and slowed, sequentially, this month to +1.5% y/y inflation versus last month's cycle-high of +1.9% y/y. On the margin, this is less hawkish, sequentially. On an absolute basis, it still means the Chinese will to continue to tighten.

 

2. US Monetary Policy

 

Expectations for interest rate policy in America becoming Japanese (a perpetual return on the citizenry's savings accounts of zero) took a shot in the arm yesterday with Ben Bernanke changing his rhetoric on rates. I understand what a lot of perpetually dovish market pundits are going to say about this - these people are proactively predictable. The reality is that changes on the margin are what matter most in navigating global macro risk - and Bernanke made a significant change yesterday.

 

He Who Thought He Saw Depression is obviously seeing the economic data for what it is at this point. The US is running +5.7% GDP growth, +2.7% CPI inflation, +4.4% PPI inflation, and the unemployment rate is rolling over. So, He Who May Now See The Light (still Bernanke here), signalled to the market yesterday that the US will be raising the Discount Rate "before long."

 

The Discount Rate is not the Fed Funds rate. We get that - and so do the bankers who have been chowing down on the Piggy Banker Spread (the bankers get to borrow at the discount rate - you don't). As a reminder, the Discount Rate was cut to zero (ok, maybe not 0.00%, but 0.50%) in December of 2008 because Bernanke was forecasting the potential of the next Great Depression, no growth, and no inflation. Obviously the man works for the government rather than an asset manager because his economic forecasts are routinely wrong. So here we are now with the data rolling in, forcing him to be rhetorically "data dependent."

 

3. Sovereign Debt

 

Expectations here are what they are - climbing the wall of worry. The worst thing about the manic media's analysis of it all is the paralysis of their scope. Sovereign Debt is a global macro risk that is going to be here for the next decade, not the next New York minute. This is the long term TAIL risk that Global Politicization has given birth to. Piling debt upon debt upon debt is reactive policy that political cowards continue to disguise as short term confidence.

 

Altogether, Confidence and Cowardice is what all 3 of these factors sum to. That's the deep simplicity of living in today's globally interconnected and, sadly, politicized marketplace. The Chinese politicians are confident, tightening at their own pace, on their own terms. The American and European politicians are being cowards, tip toeing around raising interest rates because they are scared of their stock market going down.

 

Who has the Confidence to sell on up days? Who has the Cowardice to live in political fear of the down days? Who have we become when we have become so confident that cowards can never fail?

 

My immediate term suppport and resistance lines for the SP500 are now 1045 and 1076, respectively.

 

Best of luck out there today,

KM

 

 

LONG ETFS

 

XLK – SPDR Technology — We bought back Tech after a healthy 2-day pullback on 1/7/10.

 

UUP – PowerShares US Dollar Index Fund — We bought the USD Fund on 1/4/10 as an explicit way to represent our Q1 2010 Macro Theme that we have labeled Buck Breakout (we were bearish on the USD in ’09).

 

EWG - iShares Germany — We added to our position in Germany on 2/4/10 on the bullish intermediate term TREND thesis Matt Hedrick maintains on Germany. We are short Russia and, from a European exposure perspective, like being long the lower beta DAX against the higher beta RTSI as well.  

CYB - WisdomTree Dreyfus Chinese Yuan
— The Yuan is a managed floating currency that trades inside a 0.5% band around the official PBOC mark versus a FX basket. Not quite pegged, not truly floating; the speculative interest in the Yuan/USD forward market has increased dramatically in recent years. We trade the ETN CYB to take exposure to this managed currency in a managed economy hoping to manage our risk as the stimulus led recovery in China dominates global trade.

TIP - iShares TIPS — The iShares etf, TIP, which is 90% invested in the inflation protected sector of the US Treasury Market currently offers a compelling yield. We believe that future inflation expectations are mispriced and that TIPS are a efficient way to own yield on an inflation protected basis.


SHORT ETFS

 

CAF – Morgan Stanley ChinaThe Chinese Ox Remains In A Box. We shorted CAF on 2/10/10 ahead of another inflationary report that registered China’s CPI at +1.5% in January Y/Y, and PPI at +4.3% Y/Y.

 

RSX – Market Vectors Russia We shorted Russia on 2/9/10 and maintain our intermediate term TREND bearish view on the price of oil.

 

XLP – SPDR Consumer Staples The Consumer Staples sector finally broke both our TRADE and TREND lines on 2/8/10. Given how many investors own these stocks because it was a "way to play the weak US Dollar" last year, we have ourselves another way to profit from a Buck Breakout with this short position.

  

EWW – iShares Mexico Mexico short is a solid compliment to our concerns about sovereign debt risks and our bearish intermediate term view on oil.

 

EWJ – iShares Japan We re-shorted Japan on 2/2/10 after the Nikkei’s up move of +1.6%. Japan's sovereign debt problems make Greece's look benign.

 

IEF – iShares 7-10 Year Treasury One of our Macro Themes for Q1 of 2010 is "Rate Run-up". Our bearish view on US Treasuries is implied.


R3: WMT: The Rut of Consistency

R3: REQUIRED RETAIL READING

February 11, 2010

 

In the near-term there is little to suggest that Wal-Mart shares are anything more than still stuck in a narrow range.  Even with what appears to be a flurry of recent organizational and strategic changes, the company’s performance remains relegated to a simple two factor equation- traffic and pricing.

 

 

TODAY’S CALL OUT

 

After another year of lackluster share price performance, it seems that the Street is looking for reasons to own Wal-Mart in 2010.  The shares have been subject to two upgrades in the past two weeks, so there is sure to be something going on here, right?  Well, on the surface it looks like there’s been more activity at the largest company on earth in the new year than we’ve seen in a while.  Let’s take a look at some of the company’s recent announcements:

 

  • Formation of a global sourcing initiative with Li & Fung. The arrangement begins with $2 billion worth of goods, which is not much at all considering WMT is on pace to deliver north of $405 billion in revenues this past year.  The larger initiative also calls for an increase in focus on direct imports and global sourcing.  Haven’t we heard about this at almost every analyst day over the  past five years?
  • Sam’s Club store closings (10 stores, 1,500 employees), outsourcing of demonstration employees (10,000), and the elimination of new business representatives at the clubs.  Hmm, another pseudo-restructuring at Sam’s Club.  But will this finally be the move that closes the productivity gap with Costco? Not a chance.
  • New operations structure for Wal-Mart U.S which consolidates Real Estate, Operations, and Logistics under one leadership team to foster more value for customers, growth for associates, and returns for shareholders.  We’re missing how this one will actually work.  The memo on this topic was the longest, but also the lightest on real details.
  • Realignment of merchandising categories. Alignment of Store Planning with Customer Experience Teams.  This makes the most sense, but after the Store of the Community was unveiled we thought the marriage of what the customers want and what Wal-Mart sells were already one in the same.  Looks like there will always be work to be done here.
  • Integration of Puerto Rican operations into Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club U.S.  Definitely a cost savings measure but it probably is a rounding error given the law of large numbers here.

 

So what do all these moves, changes, and dense employee memos really mean?  They need to do something (anything?) given that U.S same-store sales have been negative for what is likely to be 3 quarters in a row and EBIT margins have been in an extremely narrow range of 40 bps over the past 6 years.  Stability is what makes this a staple in the truest sense, but it certainly doesn’t make for an exciting investment opportunity, LONG or SHORT.  Yes, earnings have been growing over the same time frame, but at a decreasing rate for each subsequent year.  Wal-Mart’s historical stock performance coincides with its financial results.  The share price performance over following durations is: YTD -0.22%  , 1YR +11.76% , 5YR -0.24%, and 10YR -5.29%.  So in other words, an investment in Wal-Mart has basically been like holding cash.  

 

After some digging into the model, it’s seems clear that even with all these organizational and strategic maneuvers, Wal-Mart is still relegated to a simple two-factor equation.  Traffic and pricing.  Both are fairly easy to decipher in the near term.  With the economy in its current state, there is no question that Wal-Mart has benefitted from a traffic boost.  But in the absence of a measurable change in the economic backdrop to the downside, the traffic outlook looks status quo at best.  We have simply passed the peak, based on what we know today, in the year over year growth in consumers trading down to deeper discount retailing.  There is no question that the payroll cycle is still as pronounced as ever, but with unemployment no longer getting worse and even food stamp usage growing at a lesser rate (see yesterday’s post “SNAP Participation Growth Slowing” for more detail), Wal-Mart’s incremental traffic opportunities appear harder to come by. 

 

That brings us to pricing.  The Holy Grail that investors keep pointing to is inflation.  Yes, we are seeing signs of inflation in food and consumables.  Costco confirmed this on their recent sales call, but simple math also suggests that 2010 will be inflationary for consumables.  After all, we are coming off of the most deflationary period in food and consumables in modern history.  With that said, what is Wal-Mart going to do with an inflationary trend?  If we read the tea leaves and look at the subtleties of the company’s recent memos, “lower prices” remain the cornerstone of Wal-Mart’s efforts. 

 

While bullish investors may be putting on long trades in Safeway and Kroger because of the mighty inflation, Wal-Mart is probably going to spoil the party.  Roll-backs will continue, forever.  All of the efforts to lower cost of goods are not solely aimed at boosting the gross margin line.  Yes, there may eventually be some benefits to consolidating SKU’s and finally building a global sourcing organization, but reinvestment in price to drive market share still appears to be a top priority.  It’s embedded in the culture and this is one thing that is highly, highly unlikely to change.

 

As a result, in the near-term there is little to suggest that the company’s fundamentals and share price are anything more than still stuck in a narrow range.  To meaningfully break this cycle of monotony, we would have to see a few key things: 1) merchandising efforts actually work and drive a mix shift back towards discretionary goods, which in turn drives average ticket and margins higher, 2) a meaningful pick up in contribution from international at higher EBIT margins (unlikely as the non-U.S units collectively remain in growth mode) and 3) an acceleration in traffic (share) growth as a result of all of the above-mentioned efforts combined.  In theory, achieving this short list is what management needs to do to get out of the rut of consistency.  In reality, the hope of inflation as a savior and reliance on merchandising changes to drive margins higher are likely to be disappointing to those looking at 2010 as a breakout year for the largest company on the planet.

 

R3: WMT: The Rut of Consistency - 1

 

 

LEVINE’S LOW DOWN 

  • After a very strong boot season, JNY management indicated that they expect the category to remain strong throughout the Spring/Summer and into Fall 2010. As a reminder, history suggests that it’s very unlikely to see two “very strong” boot seasons in a row, especially since cold weather typically acts as a boost to the upside for boots. However, it is notable that Nine West has returned to Nordstrom in all doors- clearly a vote of confidence from the most important footwear retailer in the U.S.
  • What do you get when you cross Crocs with Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars or Clark’s Wallabees? Native Shoes. Check them out here: http://nativeshoes.com/. Clearly there is still a chance to actually make injected-molded footwear look cool…
  • Despite the growth in the use of email as a marketing tool, especially by retailers, a new study by Return Path suggests not all emails are reaching recipients. The new study shows that 20% of email in the U.S and Canada is not making it into the inbox. Approximately 3% is going to straight into a “junk” folder, while the remainder is “going missing”.

 

MORNING NEWS

 

Gap Inc. Shuffles Leadership - Gap Inc. is resetting its top ranks in an effort to correct prolonged product issues at the Gap division, sustain momentum at Old Navy and possibly bring the chain overseas, WWD has learned. The moves also identify Gap’s future leaders. In the biggest change, Pam Wallack will become president of Gap adult and body, filling a slot vacant for 18 months since the departure of Gary Muto, who is president of Loft. Those duties were being handled by Marka Hansen, president of Gap North America, and other executives. Wallack, who was running Gap kids and baby businesses for the past five years, will report to Hansen.  Succeeding Wallack as head of Gap kids and baby businesses is Mark Breitbard, who since last year has been Old Navy’s chief merchandising and creative officer. Previously, he was president of Levi Strauss & Co.’s retail division and senior vice president and general manager at Abercrombie & Fitch Co., but he held merchandising jobs at Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic from 1997 to 2005. <wwd.com>

 

Steven Madden Buys Big Buddha Handbags - Steven Madden Inc. has acquired Big Buddha Inc., the better-priced accessories line founded by Jeremy Bassan. Madden purchased the firm for $11 million in cash plus certain earn-out provisions that are based on financial performance through 2013. Bassan said he will stay on to oversee the line, which will move from its Santa Cruz, Calif., headquarters to Madden’s facility in Long Island City, N.Y. “We’ve bought the bags for our stores in the past and they’ve been fantastic, and we love that it’s a young company with tremendous value,” founder Steve Madden said. “We want to help with their distribution both domestically and internationally, and the bags really fit in with what we’re doing.” Since its 2003 inception, Big Buddha has produced better-priced accessories for department stores and online retailers, such as Dillard’s and Piperlime.com. In 2009, Big Buddha had net sales of $13 million.  <wwd.com>

 

Gildan Activewear to Open Distribution Center in South Carolina - Gildan Activewear will locate a new distribution center on Clements Ferry Road in Charlston, SC, with operations expected to begin in the next few weeks. Gildan expects to hire about 250 people this year for the new facility. Gildan has purchased the former Mikasa building, which is located in the city of Charleston and in Berkeley County. "This state-of-the-art facility will be utilized to support the company's strategic initiative to become a major full-line supplier of basic family apparel for national mass-market retailers," Glenn Chamandy, Gildan president and CEO, said in a statement that the S.C. Department of Commerce released today. <sportsonesource.com>

 

LaCrosse Footwear Plans New Danner Factory - LaCrosse Footwear, Inc.  plans to move into a new Danner factory in Portland, Oregon. The new Danner facility will be located in an industrial building approximately one mile from the company's corporate headquarters. The new factory will be approximately 59,000 square feet, representing twice the square footage of the company's existing Portland-based factory which is being replaced. The new facility's lease is scheduled to begin during the second quarter of 2010 for a term of approximately five years, with options to extend the lease for up to 15 more years. DP Partners is serving as the developer for the project. LaCrosse expects to begin production in the new facility in the third quarter of 2010. During 2010, the company expects total capital expenditures to be approximately $8 to $9 million, which includes leasehold improvements and machinery for the new factory facility. During the transition period from the current factory to the new facility, the company plans for certain one-time costs of approximately $0.5 million, which are expected to be included in its operating expenses in the second and third quarters of 2010.  <sportsonesource.com>

 

Harry and David shakes up the CEO suite and brings in an outsider - Harry and David has named Steven J. Heyer as its next chairman and CEO to replace president and CEO Bill Williams who has left the company. Heyer joins Harry and David, which owns and operates HarryandDavid.com, Wolfermans.com and HoneyBell.com, from Avra Kehdabra Animation LLC, a computer animation studio. Prior to co-founding Avra Kehdabra, Heyer also served as chief executive officer of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. and as president and chief operating officer of Turner Broadcasting System Inc.  <internetretailer.com>

 

C.P. Company Sold To FGF Industry SpA - The owners of Sportswear Company SpA have sold their C.P. Company division to FGF Industry SpA, the company owned by designer-entrepreneur Enzo Fusco, who produces and distributes Blauer USA, BPD, Design by Enzo Fusco and Sweet Years. Sportswear Company, owned by siblings Carlo and Cristina Rivetti, retains ownership of its Stone Island brand. The operational handover will take effect with the spring 2011 collection. WWD first reported that C.P. Company was on the block last month. Founded in 1975 by Italian designer Massimo Osti, C.P. Company built a cult following with its military-inspired silhouettes and customized textile treatments. Last spring, Rivetti appointed Wallace Faulds, a deputy of John Galliano, as its designer. The brand shows in Milan. <wwd.com>

 

Sports apparel and home improvement brands climb the buzz charts - Amazon.com Inc. continues its run as the most talked-about retailer on the social web for the fifth consecutive month, according to the monthly Zeta Buzz Top 25 Retail Standings Index, a measurement of online retail chatter conducted by digital marketing firm and social media monitoring service provider Zeta Interactive exclusively for Internet Retailer. The brands showing the most positive movement in the rankings since last month were the Home Depot (+9), Lowe’s (+7) and Nike (+6). The brands with the most negative movement were Barnes & Noble (-11), GameStop (-7) and Old Navy (-6). There were five retail brands new to the Top 25 list this month: Costco, Walgreens, Staples, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Adidas. Five retailers dropped out of the Top 25 rankings this month: H&M, Aeropostale, J.C. Penney, Radio Shack and Toys ‘R’ Us. “Retailers in the sports apparel and home improvement industries experienced the biggest buzz increases—a sign that post-holiday fitness resolutions and improvements around the house are top of mind for consumers,” says Zeta Interactive CEO Al DiGuido. <internetretailer.com>


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The total percentage of successful long and short trading signals since the inception of Real-Time Alerts in August of 2008.

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