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Lululemon Warns Q4 Off To A Slow Start

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Lululemon Warns Q4 Off To A Slow Start

Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ: LULU) reported an earnings beat and $100 million stock buyback after the market close on Wednesday. The stock spiked in after-hours trading before leveling off up around 16 percent at $69.

BMO Bucks Wall Street Trend: Market Perform

In contrast with the market’s (and other analysts') response, BMO Capital Markets analyst John D. Morris maintains a Market Perform rating, while raising his price target to $65 from $55.

The analyst cited a slow start in November and maintained Q4 guidance from the company as a key supporting point in his thesis.

Moreover, Morris sees the entire athleisure sector as possibly reaching a turning point.

“We remain Market Perform rated based on our view that increased competition in a plateauing athleisure segment may eventually pressure margins above expectations,” said Morris.

Bull And Bear Cases

In his upside scenario, the analyst sees the stock hitting $75 if the new assortment is accepted well and if mall traffic sees dramatic improvement.

In his downside scenario, Morris sees the stock slumping to $50 if mall traffic sees a decline or the newer assortments aren’t well received.

At last check, Lululemon shares were up 16.84 percent on the day, trading at $69.92.

Latest Ratings for LULU

DateFirmActionFromTo
Nov 2019MaintainsNeutral
Nov 2019Initiates Coverage OnStrong Buy
Nov 2019MaintainsOutperform

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