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KATE SPADE & COMPANY (KATE)

This week’s Focus Stock of the Week is KATE SPADE & COMPANY (KATE: $28.70), which carries S&P Capital IQ’s highest investment recommendation of 5-STARS, or Strong Buy. KATE’s products are sold through wholly owned specialty retail and outlet stores, select specialty retail and upscale department stores in the U.S., company operations in Brazil, Japan and the U.K., a joint venture in China, a network of distributors in Asia and the Middle East, and the brand’s e-commerce website....
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Apparel, Accessories & Luxury Goods

Our fundamental outlook for the apparel, accessories & luxury goods sub-industry is neutral. We expect sales of both accessories and luxury goods to outpace that of apparel over the near term. While apparel is a relatively low cost category -- potentially benefiting from lower gasoline prices -- we expect shoppers on limited budgets to invest more in accessories, which offer more “bang for the buck. ”...
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