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June 20, 2014
07:00 EDTPIRPier 1 Imports still has positive catalysts, says Wells Fargo
After Pier 1 reported weaker than expected results and lowered its guidance Wells Fargo still expects the stock to be boosted by several drivers, including higher than expected direct sales by 2015 and expectations for aggressive share repurchases in Q2. The firm cut its price target on the stock to $19-$20 from $22-$23 but keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
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September 30, 2014
09:19 EDTPIRPier 1 Imports downgraded at Wedbush
As noted earlier, Wedbush assumed coverage of Pier 1 with a Neutral from an Outperform. The firm thinks that consumers' switch to lower margin online products could cause the company's margins to come in below expectations in 2015. Target to $13 from $20.
09:16 EDTPIRPier 1 Imports downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush
Wedbush assumed coverage of Pier 1 with a Neutral from an Outperform.
September 24, 2014
11:04 EDTPIROptions with decreasing implied volatility
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11:00 EDTPIRBed Bath & Beyond climbs after Q2 earnings beat expectations
Shares of home decor retailer Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) are rising after the company's second quarter earnings per share and revenue surpassed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Bed Bath & Beyond's Q2 EPS was $1.17, which was 3c higher than analysts' consensus. The company's Q2 revenue of $2.95B topped analysts' consensus of $2.89B. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up approximately 3.4%. The retailer sees Q3 EPS in the range of $1.17-$1.21, compared with analysts' consensus view of $1.20. Bed Bath & Beyond expects fiscal year 2014 EPS to be between $5.00-$5.08, compared to analysts' view of $5.03. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Bed Bath & Beyond said that it was investing "significantly" in its business. It expects FY14 capital expenditures of approximately $350M. The retailer is opening a new distribution facility and is working on a new point of sale system. Bed Bath & Beyond said it is "cautiously optimistic" on its balance for the rest of the year. Next quarter, the company is expecting SSS growth of 2%-3%, and for Q4 it foresees 4%-5% of same-store growth. ANALYST REACTION: Yesterday morning, prior to the release of Bed Bath and Beyond's Q2 earnings report, William Blair analyst Daniel Hofkin downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform. Hofkin cited his continued worries regarding the retailer's above-average exposure to e-commerce competitors. He feels that Bed Bath & Beyond waited too long before developing a strong multichannel platform and that competition from other e-commerce rivals will continue accumulating. He noted that while the company's price premium relative to Amazon (AMZN) has gotten smaller in the past few years, it still is material. Today, UBS analyst Michael Lasser raised his price target on the stock to $68 from $62 after Bed Bath & Beyond reported sales that surpassed expectations. Still, he felt that the good sales numbers occurred at the expense of its margin. He expects the retailer's operating margin decrease to impact the company's PE multiple. Lasser believes that the retailer's Q3 and Q4 comp outlook could be "aggressive," but he noted that he won't have much of an idea about those numbers until early January. He keeps a Neutral rating on the stock. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Williams Sonoma (WSM), Pier 1 Imports (PIR) and Restoration Hardware (RH). PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, Bed Bath & Beyond rose $3.99, or 6.4%, to $66.68.
September 19, 2014
17:18 EDTPIRPoint72 Asset reports 5.0% passive stake in Pier 1 Imports
16:24 EDTPIRStocks rise after Fed keeps pledge for 'considerable time' before rate hike
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September 18, 2014
16:27 EDTPIROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:45 EDTPIROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:12 EDTPIRStocks with call strike movement; PIR GILD
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10:40 EDTPIRPier 1 Imports falls to 12-month low after weak Q2, lowered outlook
Shares of home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR) hit a 12-month low after the company's second quarter results fell below analysts' consensus estimates and it reduced its fiscal 2015 earnings per share outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Pier 1 Imports reported Q2 EPS of 10c on revenue of $418.6M, missing analysts' consensus estimates of 14c and $426.02M, respectively. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up 4.5%. The retailer lowered its FY15 EPS outlook to 95c-$1.05 from $1.14-$1.22. Analysts' consensus estimates for FY15 EPS prior to the earnings report was $1.13. The company sees FY15 SSS in the mid-to-high single digits and gross profit, as a percentage of sales, are expected to be 40.5%-41.5%. Pier 1 Imports CEO Alex Smith said that he foresees online sales to surpass $400M in 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Pier 1 Imports said that it expects to see improving merchandise margins in coming quarters with fewer coupons. The company noted plans to continue returning cash to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Wells Fargo analyst Matt Neemer downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Market Perform from Outperform. He feels that the stock will be a difficult one to own in the medium term as the retailer moves towards a multi-channel approach. Neemer believes that the company has a difficult journey ahead as it cuts broad-based discounters, and he feels that consumers will take time to get accustomed to the new messaging. He cut his price target range to $15-$16 from $19-$20 for the company. Barclays analyst Alan Rifkin downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Equal Weight from Overweight due to slow revenue growth and heightened promotions. He feels that that the "soft" revenues could continue. He believes that the company's elongated online profitability pipeline and increased promotions are certain to be a burden on the business in ways that the company had not initially thought. Rifkin said that growing the top line will be even harder in the absence of promotions. He reduced his price target for shares to $14 from $18. Argus analyst Christopher Graja downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Hold from Buy due to the company's lower than anticipated Q2 earnings. He feels that in terms of the home furnishings market, companies such as Williams-Sonoma (WSM), Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) are more "resilient" for shareholders. Pier 1 Imports was also downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Pier 1 Imports fell $2.63, or 16.99%, to $12.90. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 45.2% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Restoration Hardware (RH), and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY).
10:34 EDTPIRPier 1 Imports downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer
Note this is the fifth downgrade of the day.
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10:00 EDTPIROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:48 EDTPIRPier 1 Imports tumbles after results, levels to watch
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09:36 EDTPIRActive equity options trading on open
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09:24 EDTPIRPier 1 Imports downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T
Note this is the fourth downgrade of the day.
08:59 EDTPIROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:35 EDTPIRPier 1 Imports downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus
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05:25 EDTPIRPier 1 Imports downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Equal Weight citing accelerating expenses and slower revenue growth following the company's Q2 earnings report. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $14 from $18. Pier 1 was also downgraded this morning at Wells Fargo.
05:23 EDTPIRPier 1 Imports downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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