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March 13, 2014
11:22 EDTRH, KIRK, BBBY, WSM, PIRWilliams-Sonoma soars to 52-week high after results top estimates
Shares of home goods retailer Williams-Sonoma (WSM) hit a new 52-week high after the company's fourth quarter results topped expectations. In addition to its flagship brand, the company also operates the West Elm and Pottery Barn collection of chains. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Williams-Sonoma reported Q4 earnings per share of $1.38 and revenue of $1.47B, beating expectations of $1.36 and $1.43B, respectively. Q4 comparable brand revenue increased 10.4%. The company forecast Q1 EPS of 41c-44c and revenue of $920M-$940M, compared to consensus of 46c and $943.61M, respectively. Q1 comparable brand revenue is expected to increase 4%-6%. For FY14, Williams-Sonoma expects EPS and revenue of $3.05-$3.15 and $4.63B-$4.71B, versus consensus of $3.20 and $4.64B, respectively. FY14 comparable brand revenue is expected to increase 5%-10%. The company also raised its quarterly dividend to 33c from 31c per share. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Citigroup removed Williams-Sonoma from its U.S. Focus list following the company's Q4 results, citing the stock's strong performance over the past year. However, the firm reiterated a Buy rating on shares with a $67 price target. Another firm, RW Baird, raised their price target on the shares to $70 from $64. The firm cited robust top-line trends, leverage to housing and e-commerce, and emerging international growth. RW Baird has an Outperform rating on Williams-Sonoma. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Williams-Sonoma rose $5.95, or about 10%, to $64.92 on three times its average daily trading volume. The stock continues to make new 52-week highs as the session unfolds. Including today's advance, the stock has gained about 43% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other retailers specializing in home goods include Pier 1 Imports (PIR), Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), and Restoration Hardware (RH). Another company in the space, Kirklands (KIRK), also reported results this morning and its shares were up about 6% in late morning trading.
News For WSM;KIRK;PIR;BBBY;RH From The Last 14 Days
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October 12, 2015
09:33 EDTWSMWilliams-Sonoma downgraded to Peer Perform from Outperform at Wolfe Research
09:31 EDTRHRestoration Hardware upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
October 8, 2015
10:00 EDTPIR, WSM, BBBYOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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05:53 EDTWSMWilliams-Sonoma initiated with a Hold at Jefferies
Target $83.
05:53 EDTPIRPier 1 Imports initiated with a Hold at Jefferies
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05:53 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond initiated with a Hold at Jefferies
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October 5, 2015
13:47 EDTBBBYOptions with increasing volume
Options with increasing volume; DOW BBBY HOG INFY JBL SFUN YNDX AMAT CIT
10:31 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond calls active on renewed takeover chatter
Bed Bath & Beyond weekly October 58.5 and 59 calls are active on total call volume of 6,600 contracts (600 puts) on renewed takeover chatter. October weekly call volatility is at 36, October is at 44, November is at 28; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 39. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
10:27 EDTBBBYRumor: Bed Bath & Beyond moves up on renewed takeover chatter
06:24 EDTRHRestoration Hardware remains a top idea at Deutsche Bank
After meeting with management, Deutsche Bank analyst Adam Sindler says Restoration Hardware remains a top idea. The company's "solid beat and raise potential" remains intact at it completes its real estate transformation and broadens its offering, Sindler tells investors in a research note. He keeps a Buy rating on the retailer with a $105 price target.
October 1, 2015
10:16 EDTBBBYOptions with decreasing implied volatility: WMB TEX BBBY NKE
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10:01 EDTPIRPier 1 Imports recalls 2,500 swivel armchairs in U.S. for falling hazard
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September 30, 2015
10:52 EDTBBBYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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