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June 19, 2014
11:49 EDTBBBY, PIR, RH, WSMPier 1 Imports sinks to 52-week low after cutting guidance
Shares of home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR) hit a fresh 52-week low after the company's first quarter results missed analysts' consensus estimates and it lowered its fiscal 2015 earnings per share outlook. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Pier 1 Imports reported Q1 EPS of 16c and revenue of $419.1M, trailing analysts' consensus estimates of 20c and $422.81M, respectively. Q1 comparable sales grew 6.3%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company lowered its FY15 EPS view to $1.14-$1.22 from $1.16-$1.24, compared to consensus of $1.21. Pier 1 backed its FY15 comparable sales growth view, which includes e-commerce, in the high-single digits. It sees FY15 EBITDA growth in the range of 9%-14%, compared to its previous guidance of 11%-17%. The updated guidance is due to a retail environment that remains highly promotional and is pressuring gross profit in the near-term, the company said. The company sees Pier1.com revenue to exceed $200M in FY15, and sees e-commerce sales of at least $400M in FY16, compared to previous expectations for e-Commerce sales to represent 10% of total sales by the end of FY16. On the company's earnings conference call, Pier 1 said it expects continued pressure on gross profits, mainly due to promotional activities, and does not see store sales increases from traffic. The company expects greater earning power in the second half of FY15, and will face easier comparisons in Q3 and Q4 versus a year ago, it added. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Pier 1 Imports fell about 12% to $16.04 on nearly three times its average daily trading volume. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 33% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Williams Sonoma (WSM), Restoration Hardware (RH), and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY).
News For PIR;WSM;RH;BBBY From The Last 14 Days
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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.
January 15, 2015
10:19 EDTBBBYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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January 14, 2015
10:21 EDTBBBY, PIROptions with decreasing implied volatility
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