Even a $2.3 billion quarterly loss at Fannie Mae couldn’t hold off the charge of the bulls on Wall Street on Friday.
With crude oil falling to $115 a barrel, the stock market shrugged offThursday’s losses and the Dow Jones Industrial Average mushroomed more than302 points, or 2.7 percent, to 11,734.32. And after enduring a 2.1 percentdrop on Thursday, as retail sales came on at disappointing levels with signs of more trouble to come, the Standard & Poor’s Retail Index climbed 6.2 percent to 381.92.
The wide disparity between the euro and the dollar narrowed sharply on Friday as well, with the euro finishing the week at $1.50, down from nearly $1.56 at the start of the week.
While the movement of retail shares was nearly universally upward, Eddie Bauer Holdings led the pack of advancers with a 25.2 percent gain for the day, to $6.50, following a strong second-quarter earnings report on Thursday evening. Other specialty stores exceeding the S&P Retail performance included Mothers Work (up 9.8 percent), Hot Topic (up 9.2 percent), Urban Outfitters (up 8.7 percent), Dress Barn and Limited Brands (both up 8.4 percent), Wet Seal (up 8.3 percent), Charlotte Russe (up 7.2 percent), Gap (up 6.9 percent), AnnTaylor Stores and The Children’s Place (both up 6.5 percent) and Buckle (up 6.2 percent).
Macy’s isn’t among the stores that report monthly sales, but it shared in Friday’s surge as well, advancing 9.6 percent to $20.73. Shares have now risen 44.7 percent since hitting a 52-week low of $14.33 on July 11 amid concerns about the department store firm’s liquidity and ability to compete. Speculation about the company’s condition was answered by Macy’s chief executive officer Terry Lundgren in a letter to company executives later made public, and by analysts asserting its fiscal health.
Coming off a comparable-store sales gain in July, unusual among the department stores report, Dillard’s shares enjoyed an 8.6 percent increase to $10.85. Penney’s and Kohl’s comps were down 6.5 and 10.4 percent, respectively, but their shares fared better on the week’s final trading day, rising 6.6 and 6.2 percent. Stein Mart shares picked up 10 percent on the day, landing them at $4.96.
Coach picked up 9.1 percent during the session, ending at $29.89; Tiffany advanced 6.7 percent, to $41.23, and Guess added 7.5 percent to $35.83.
Among vendors, strong advances came from Kenneth Cole Productions (9.3 percent), Movado Group (9.2 percent), Liz Claiborne (8.2 percent), Timberland (7.5 percent), Jones Apparel Group (7.4 percent) and Warnaco Group (7.2 percent).
Among those logging strong performances on European exchanges were Luxottica Group, up 9.8 percent, and Bulgari, up 6.2 percent.
@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