Thursday, 30 July 2009

Is Coach Running Out Of Steam? – 30/7/09

Accessories brand Coach is having a hard time this week. Their share price has fallen and their fourth-quarter profit plunged 32 percent from last year.

A Forbes article revealed that Coach shares fell $1.74, or 6.2 percent, in morning trade on Tuesday. The stock was also downgraded to a "Hold" from a previous "Buy" rating on Tuesday morning by analysts at Lazard Capital Markets.

Forbes also states that Coach’s 32 percent profit drop occurred even though their sales revenue remained almost unchanged from last year. The article also implies that Coach is still ‘coaching along’ with their expansion plans, with growth in China and 20 new stores in America on the agenda for 2010. This is definitely a brand to watch …

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