A strong quarterly performance by Tiffany & Co. and The Men’s Wearhouse Inc.’s bid for Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. helped to energize retail stocks today.
The S&P 500 Retailing Industry Group gained ground for the second straight day, rising 0.7 percent to 925, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 advanced a fraction to 16,072.80 and 1,802.75, respectively. The Nasdaq broke through the 4,000 mark for the first time in over a decade, closing up 23.18 at 4,017.75.
Among retail, fashion and beauty stocks tracked by WWD, Bank registered the largest advance, picking up 11.3 percent to $56.29 after Men’s Wearhouse Inc. offered to acquire it for $55 a share, or about $1.54 billion. Men’s Wearhouse, which had been pursued by Bank until earlier this month, saw its shares rise 7.5 percent to $50.60.
Tiffany & Co. parlayed better-than-expected third-quarter earnings and an upbeat forecast for the fourth quarter into an 8.7 percent rise in its shares, to $88.02. However, Movado Group Inc. saw its shares descend 4.1 percent, to $44.54, when it maintained its full-year guidance despite strong sales growth in the third quarter.
In Europe, stock markets edged down at the close.
The FTSE 100 in London lost the most ground, falling 0.9 percent to 6,636.22, followed by the CAC 40 in Paris, 0.6 percent to 4,277.57. The DAX in Frankfurt and the FTSE MIB in Milan were both down 0.1 percent to 9,290.07 and to 18,774.27 respectively.
The euro traded at $1.35, while the pound fetched $1.62, and the Swiss franc equaled $1.10.
Retail and luxury stocks put on a mixed show, with the day’s biggest gainers including Geox, up 8.1 percent to 2.48 euros; Mulberry Group, 3.3 percent to 10.48 pounds; Safilo Group, 1.2 percent to 18.19 euros, and Ferragamo, 2 percent to 29.14 euros.
Among the stocks that lost the most ground were Gemfields, 6.7 percent to 0.35 pounds; Hugo Boss, 2.3 percent to 96.92 euros, and Marks & Spencer Group, 1.6 percent to 4.91 pounds.