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March 13, 2014
11:22 EDTBBBY, WSM, PIR, RH, KIRKWilliams-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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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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