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April 10, 2014
11:47 EDTBBBY, PIR, WSMBed Bath & Beyond approaches 52-week low after profit forecast disappoints
Shares of home furnishings retailer Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) are falling after the company's first quarter profit outlook significantly trailed analysts' consensus estimate. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Bed Bath & Beyond reported Q4 earnings per share of $1.60 and revenue of $3.2B, compared to expectations of $1.60 and $3.22B, respectively. Q4 same-store sales increased 1.7%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company forecast Q1 EPS of 92c-96c, significantly trailing the consensus of $1.04, while Q1 revenue was seen increasing 2%-3.5%, compared to consensus of $2.37B. The company expects its Q1 SSS to increase 1%-2.5%. For FY14, EPS is seen by the company to grow by a mid-single digit percentage, compared to consensus of $5.27. FY14 revenue is forecast to grow 4%, versus consensus of $12.07B. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Bank of America Merrill Lynch downgraded the stock to Neutral from Buy citing Bed Bath & Beyond's disappointing 2014 guidance. The firm lowered its price target on shares to $72 from $87. Two other firms, Credit Suisse and Argus, both lowered their respective price targets on the shares as well. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Williams-Sonoma (WSM) and Pier 1 Imports (PIR), which reported its own fourth quarter results this morning. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Bed Bath & Beyond tumbled $4.26, or about 6.3%, to $63.65 on more than three times its average daily trading volume. The stock is approaching its 52-week low of $62.12. Including today's slide, the stock is down about 3% over the past twelve months. Pier 1, which reported better than expected Q4 revenue and authorized a new $200M stock repurchase program, was up 10c, or 0.55%, to $18.32.
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August 27, 2014
16:23 EDTWSMWilliams-Sonoma drops sharply after results, levels to watch
The shares have dropped sharply after earnings, which matched expectations, and outlook which is below consensus levels. At the current price of $66.80, next support down is at $64.55. Resistance is at $67.98. Sentiment in the name was strongly bullish coming into earnings which is exacerbating the downside reaction.
16:17 EDTWSMWilliams-Sonoma down 10% after Q3 earnings view below estimates
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16:16 EDTWSMWilliams-Sonoma sees FY14 EPS $3.07-$3.17, consensus $3.20
Sees FY14 revenue $4.645B-$4.725B, consensus $4.72B. Sees FY14 comparable brand revenue growth of 5%-7%. Sees FY14 capital spending $200M-$220M.
16:14 EDTWSMWilliams-Sonoma sees Q3 EPS 58c-63c, consensus 66c
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16:13 EDTWSMWilliams-Sonoma reports Q2 EPS 53c, consensus 53c
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15:27 EDTWSMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Workday (WDAY), consensus (14c); Williams-Sonoma (WSM), consensus 53c; Bally Technologies (BYI), consensus $1.22; Guess (GES), consensus 29c; Lannett (LCI), consensus 58c; Greif (GEF), consensus 84c.
14:54 EDTWSMWilliams-Sonoma technical comments ahead of earnings
In the prior three months the stock has outperformed the broader averages, trading up over 10.8%. The trend in the last three weeks has been strongly bullish after a more volatile trading range. Sentiment in the name is strongly bullish with the shares having hit a fresh 52-week high and life high earlier in Wednesday's session at $75.69. Without established overhead resistance, a target level above today's high would be at $80. On bearish news, a first test down of importance would be at the sell side analyst average 1-year price target of $71.16. A breakdown below that level on strongly disappointing news would be at $69.49.
07:25 EDTWSMWilliams-Sonoma September volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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August 26, 2014
07:56 EDTWSMWilliams-Sonoma deserves its valuation premium, says RW Baird
Baird believes Williams-Sonoma deserves a valuation premium given its superior multi-channel model, leverage to home related spending, and multiple avenues for growth. Shares of Williams-Sonoma are Outperform rated with a $73 price target, which the firm said will be revisited following the company's Q2 earnings report.
August 22, 2014
09:00 EDTWSMWilliams-Sonoma September volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Williams-Sonoma September call option implied volatility is at 28, October is at 25, November is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting larger price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 27.

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