U.S. retail shares enjoyed their first positive day of the new year today as major indices in the U.S. and Europe logged increases.
The S&P 500 Retailing Industry Group progressed 0.4 percent to 931.08 after opening 2014 with three consecutive declines. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 both were up 0.6 percent, to 16,530.94 and 1,837.88, respectively.
Markets were energized by news of a lower trade deficit in November, spurred by increases in exports. Apparel and textile imports were up 5.2 percent for the month, according to the U.S. Commerce Department’s Office of Textiles and Apparel.
Among U.S. retail, fashion and beauty issues tracked by WWD, American Apparel Inc. registered the largest increase for the day, gaining 6.7 percent to $1.43. The stock has seen a nice run and increased 38.8 percent since hitting its recent low of $1.03 on Dec. 16. Zale Corp. registered the second-largest gain of the day, with shares up 3.7 percent to $15.96.
On the other side of the breakeven line, shares of Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. fell 3.8 percent to $78.94 after Citigroup analyst Oliver Chen downgraded the stock to “neutral” from “buy” based on what he viewed as a fair valuation following a “60 percent stock run in 2013.”
Shares of Twitter Inc. continued their recent roller-coaster ride with a decline of 7.3 percent to $61.46. J.C. Penney Co. Inc. was off 5.5 percent to $8.19.
One day after launching a hostile takeover bid for rival Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc., shares of The Men’s Wearhouse Inc. declined 0.2 percent to $51.56 while Bank’s surrendered 2.1 percent to close at $55.70. In a tender offer directed at Bank’s shareholders, Men’s Wearhouse boosted its bid to $57.50 a share, or about $1.61 billion.
In Europe, markets were buoyant following word of a larger-than-expected decline in German unemployment from the nation’s Federal Labor Agency.
Milan’s FTSE MIB led the region's charge with a 1.2 percent climb to 19,468.75 with Frankfurt’s DAX and Paris’s CAC 40 generating 0.8 percent increases to end the trading day at 9,506.20 and 4,262.68, respectively. In London, the FTSE 100 was up 0.4 percent to 6,755.45.
Aeffe shares rose 6.8 percent to 0.90 euros while French Connection Group was up 4.5 percent to 36.59 euros, followed closely by Italia Independent Group, up 4 percent to 41 euros.
Shares of Moncler declined 2.6 percent to 15.40 euros while Swatch Group’s were off 2.3 percent to 98.85 Swiss francs.
The euro traded for $1.36 against the U.S. dollar and the Swiss franc for $1.10.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia