Harley-Davidson checks show Q4 U.S. retail sales up 6%-8%, says Citigroup Citigroup said its Harley-Davidson dealer channel checks indicate the company's Q4 U.S. retail sales rose 6%-8%. Citi says dealer inventories likely increased slightly given better availability. The firm expects investors to view the positive U.S. retail sales in Q4 as favorable and keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
Harley-Davidson management is too optimistic on a recovery, says Barclays Barclays analyst Felicia R. Hendrix believes Harley-Davidson's management is too optimistic near-term on a recovery. Hendrix said used bikes continues to outpace new sales, recent product launches have generated lower than expected "mindshare" among core customers. and competition is growing their presence. The analyst recommends stating on the sidelines until Harley-Davidson can demonstrate sustainable growth.