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June 26, 2014
11:20 EDTPIR, KIRK, WSM, RH, BBBYBed Bath & Beyond sinks after results, outlook miss estimates
Shares of home furnishings retailer Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) hit a fresh 52-week low after the company's first quarter results and second quarter profit outlook missed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Bed Bath & Beyond reported Q1 EPS of 93c and revenue of $2.66B, trailing analysts' consensus estimates of 94c and $2.69B, respectively. Q1 comparable sales grew 0.4% versus 3.4% last year. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company modeled Q2 EPS of $1.08-$1.16, versus consensus of $1.20, while Q2 revenue was seen growing 2%-4%, compared to consensus of $2.92B. Q2 same store sales are seen growing 1%-3%. For fiscal 2014, EPS is seen increasing by a mid-single digit percentage and revenue is expected to grow 4%. FY14 SSS is expected to grow 3%. On the company's earnings conference call, management said it was "cautiously optimistic about the balance of the fiscal year." ANALYST REACTION: This morning, JP Morgan lowered its price target on the shares to $65 from $75 after the company's Q1 comparable sales and gross margin missed expectations. The firm kept a Neutral rating on the stock. Morgan Stanley said Bed Bath & Beyond remains unattractive given margin pressures and slippage as it executes its omni-channel strategy. The firm lowered its price target to $58 from $63 and reiterated its Underweight rating. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Bed Bath & Beyond fell $5.61, or 9.2%, to $55.50 on nearly four times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $54.95. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 20% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Williams Sonoma (WSM), Pier 1 Imports (PIR), Restoration Hardware (RH), and Kirkland's (KIRK).
News For BBBY;WSM;PIR;RH;KIRK From The Last 14 Days
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January 27, 2015
10:00 EDTKIRKOn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:39 EDTKIRKKirkland's downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded Kirkland's to Neutral saying the company's sales in Texas, which represent 19% of the store base, may be weak amid declining oil prices. Piper keeps a $24 price target for shares.
January 26, 2015
10:00 EDTBBBY, PIROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Axle (AXL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... DRDGOLD (DRD) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... DealerTrack (TRAK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... First Niagara (FNFG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Fortinet (FTNT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Garmin (GRMN) upgraded at RBC Capital... Harmony Gold (HMY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Invesco (IVZ) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Kansas City Southern (KSU) upgraded at Raymond James... McDonald's (MCD) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Melco Crown (MPEL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Union Gaming... Monro Muffler (MNRO) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... Pier 1 Imports (PIR) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Piper Jaffray (PJC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Randgold (GOLD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Rockwell Collins (COL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Telefonica (TEF) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Triumph Group (TGI) upgraded at RBC Capital... Unilever (UL) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... WWE (WWE) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie.
07:43 EDTBBBY, PIROppenheimer upgrades Bed Bath & Beyond, Pier 1 on better macro outlook
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05:37 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
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05:37 EDTPIRPier 1 Imports upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer upgraded Pier 1 Imports to Outperform with a $20 price target.

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