9:21 a.m. Sept. 4, 2020
- By Tomi Kilgore
Wayfair's stock sinks after Merrill Lynch downgrades, citing expected 'deceleration' in salesShares of Wayfair Inc. sank 8.0% in afternoon trading Friday, after BofA Securities analyst Justin Post downgraded the home furnishings online retailer, citing evidence of a deceleration in sales trends. The stock, which has pared earlier intraday loss of a much as 14.9%, has still shed 25.9% since closing at a record $342.40 on Aug. 26. Post cut his rating to neutral, after being at buy since April 7. He kept his stock price target at $330, which is 30.1% above current levels. "Expectations and valuation are high vs. history, and we expect revenue deceleration ahead, which has been a historical valuation headwind for the stock," Post wrote in a note to clients. "We think [quarter-to-date] stock appreciation has been fueled by expectations for upside, but given recent data points, we see less upside to Street estimates for 58% growth in 3Q." The stock has gained 28.4% so far this quarter, compared with a 20.5% rise in the Amplify Online Retail ETF over the same time and the S&P 500's 9.4% advance.
12:48 p.m. Aug. 18, 2020
- By Claudia Assis
La-Z-Boy reports surprise fiscal Q1 profit on 'strong' demandShares of La-Z-Boy Inc. fell about 1% in the extended session Tuesday after the furniture maker reported a surprise fiscal first-quarter profit and said it has seen "strong demand" for its recliners and other pieces. The company said it earned $4.8 million, or 10 cents a share, in the quarter, compared with 38 cents a share a year ago. Adjusted for one-time items, La-Z-Boy earned 18 cents a share, compared with 42 cents a share a year ago. Sales fell 31% to $285.5 million due to the impact of COVID-19, the company said. Analysts polled by FactSet had expected an adjusted loss of 13 cents a share on sales of $290 million. "Our first quarter began in May with most of our customers still closed due to COVID-19. However, as retailers re-opened, written orders rapidly accelerated in June and July, with consumers spending a higher percentage of discretionary dollars on home furnishings," Chief Executive Kurt L. Darrow said in a statement. La-Z-Boy has re-opened all its operations across its retail, distribution and manufacturing businesses, and plants have increased production to meet demand. The company is "cautiously optimistic" about the fall, it said. Shares ended the regular trading session down nearly 2%.
3:38 a.m. Aug. 5, 2020
- By Tomi Kilgore
Wayfair's stock surges toward a record after swinging to big profit beat, as orders delivered more than doubledShares of Wayfair Inc. shot up 3.0% toward a record high in premarket trading Wednesday, after the online seller of home furnishings and housewares swung to a big profit beat in the second quarter, as orders delivered more than doubled. Net income was $273.9 million, or $2.54 a share, after a loss of $181.9 million, or $!.98 a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding non-recurring items, Wayfair swung to adjusted earnings per share of $3.13 from a per-share loss of $1.35, well above the FactSet consensus for EPS of 97 cents. Revenue soared 83.7% to $4.30 billion, beating the FactSet consensus of $4.07 billion. Orders delivered increased 106.2% to 18.9 million, while the average order value declined to $227 from $255. The number of active customers in the Direct Retail business grew 46.0% to 26.0 million. "We experienced unprecedented demand in Q2 and saw record numbers of new and repeat customers choose Wayfair," said Chief Executive Niraj Shah. The stock has more than tripled (up 221.8%) year to date through Tuesday, while the S&P 500 has gained 2.3%.
5:17 a.m. June 9, 2020
- By Tonya Garcia
RH is planning to open hotels and sell houses, but analysts ask whether it can pull it off The home retailer is also launching international locations in Paris and London, and offers a chartered yachtRH has a strategy to expand its lifestyle brand beyond home furnishing stores and into travel and even real estate.
10:06 a.m. June 4, 2020
- By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: Global case tally climbs above 6.6 million and California reports a rise in infections amid protests and reopening Amazon is adding to its fleet of cargo jets at a time when aircraft values are depressed; Michaels Cos. earnings fall way shortThe number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 rose past 6.6 million on Thursday, and California reported a rise in infections after weeks of slowing, raising concerns that the protests at the death of George Floyd, and the reopening of certain counties, are helping spread the illness.
3:25 a.m. June 1, 2020
- By Tonya Garcia
Parents flocked to Pottery Barn Kids and Teen during the lockdowns, driving Williams-Sonoma results Williams-Sonoma stock soars more than 14% in Friday trading after resultsWilliams-Sonoma credited its e-commerce capabilities and its Pottery Barn Kids and Teen business for better-than-expected results.
5:22 a.m. May 21, 2020
- By Tonya Garcia
Lowe’s benefited from delayed DIY projects done during coronavirus lockdowns, while Home Depot saw professional jobs put on hold Lowe’s beat profit expectations while Home Depot fell shortLowe’s reported earnings and sales that beat expectations. Home Depot sales beat expectations, but profit fell short.
1:26 p.m. May 14, 2020
- By Jon Swartz
Dillard's shares rise 6% on news of reopened stores, smaller quarterly lossDillard's Inc. shares were up 6% in after-hours trading Thursday after the seller of fashion apparel, cosmetics, and home furnishings reported a smaller fiscal first-quarter loss than expected, as well as the reopening of stores. Dillard's reported a net loss of $162 million, or $6.94 a share, compared with net income of $78.6 million, or $2.99 a share, in the year-ago quarter. Net sales plunged 46% to $786.7 million from $1.46 billion a year ago. The good news is that Dillard's says it plans to reopen 116 stores and five clearance centers next week. Once they are open, the company will have 241 stores and 29 clearance centers in service. "COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our business. The mall business in general and department stores, specifically, have been particularly hard hit," Dillard's Chief Executive William T. Dillard II said in a announcing the results. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had expected a loss of $7.16 a share on sales of $822 million. Dillard's shares are down 59% in the last year. The broader S&P 500 index is down 0.8% in the last year.
8:57 a.m. May 7, 2020
- By Tonya Garcia
Wayfair stock is soaring, but analyst says growth will ‘hit a wall’ Wayfair shares, which were up 9% on Wednesday, have skyrocketed 131% over the past monthWayfair shares have jumped but GlobalData Retail says the numbers show that growth will decelerate.