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Retailers & Other Companies To Watch For In Earnings This Week

Retailers & Other Companies To Watch For In Earnings This Week

While all eyes will likely be on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and its anticipated smartwatch launch early in the week, a few more retailers are scheduled to roll out their most recent quarterly results as well.

Earnings from Aeropostale Inc (NYSE: ARO), Dollar General Corp. (NYSE: DG) and Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) are expected to tell very different stories.

Also on deck this week are cult stocks FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FCEL), which saw a spike in trading volume and share price late last week, and Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) with the first report since its recent hot IPO.

Here is a quick look at the numbers for these and what is expected from some of this week's other most anticipated quarterly reports.


The fiscal fourth-quarter forecast for this mall-based specialty retailer calls for its per-share net loss to have narrowed from $0.35 in the year-ago period to $0.04. Yet revenues for the period that ended in January are expected to have declined more than 13 percent to $579.56 million in Thursday afternoon's report.

For the full year, the net loss is expected to have grown from $1.13 last year to $1.47 per share, while revenue retreated more than 12 percent to $1.83 billion. Note that 60 days ago the earnings estimate for the full year was -$1.85 per share, and for the quarter it was -$0.42 per share.

Dollar General

When it shares its results first thing Thursday, this variety store operator is expected to say earnings per share (EPS) for the most recent quarter came in at $1.17. That would be up from $1.01 in the year-ago quarter. Note that EPS have not topped estimates in the past four quarters, and missed by a penny in the third quarter.

The consensus forecast for the Tennessee-based company also calls for revenue to be up more than 10 percent from a year ago to $4.95 billion for the fiscal fourth quarter. For the full year, revenue is expected to be more than 8 percent higher to $18.92 billion, with EPS up less than 9 percent to $3.50.

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FuelCell Energy

In its report late Tuesday, this maker of fuel cell power plants is expected to say that its per-share net loss was halved year over year to $0.02 for the three months that ended in January. That consensus estimate is the same as it was 60 days ago, as well as the same as the results posted in the previous period.

Revenues for the fiscal first quarter are predicted to be around 8 percent higher than a year ago to $48.04 million. Revenue for the current quarter is estimated to have surged nearly 43 percent to $54.68 million, while the full-year forecast so far calls for revenue to be more than 27 percent higher.

Shake Shack

Analysts expect New York–based restaurant operator to post a net loss of $0.03 per share for the fourth quarter, but EPS of $0.06 for the full year. So far, analysts are looking for another net loss of $0.03 in the current quarter. None of the six analysts surveyed anticipate a profit in either quarter.

Revenue for the three months that ended in December is predicted to be around 44 percent higher than a year ago to $33.08 million. Sequentially, revenue will be marginally higher in the current quarter, if the consensus forecast is accurate. Shake Shack is scheduled to report its results after Wednesday's closing bell.

Urban Outfitters

The forecast for this purveyor of hip fashion and accessories calls for a profit of $0.58 per share and for revenue to come to $1.01 billion for its fiscal fourth quarter. In the year-ago period, the company posted EPS of $0.59 and sales totaled $905.86 million. EPS fell short of consensus estimates by more than 14 percent in the previous quarter.

Full-year EPS are estimated at $1.67, which would be down more than 11 percent year over year, on revenue of $3.33 billion, which would be almost 8 percent higher. Look for Urban Outfitters to release its results Monday after the trading session ends.

And Others

Analysts are also looking for earnings growth this week from the following:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • E-Commerce China Dangdang
  • JA Solar
  • Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
  • Qihoo 360 Technology
  • ULTA Beauty
  • VeriFone Systems

Fashion retailer Express will say that EPS shrank, relative to the year-ago period, if the consensus estimate is correct. However, the forecasts for the following call for net losses:

  • Hovnanian Enterprises
  • Men's Wearhouse
  • Synta Pharmaceuticals
  • XOMA

See also: What Is Causing Tesla's Slump?

Keep an eye out for quarterly reports from the likes of BlackBerry, FedEx, Nike and Oracle in the coming weeks.

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