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Lululemon Reports; McDonald’s Sales Beat; Is Pier 1 Ship Shape?

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First up as we kick-off the new week is Lululemon (LULU) which is about to update us on its bottom line. The maker of yoga clothes is expected to post earnings of 30-cents a share when it releases quarterly results after the closing bell. That would be a decrease from a year ago, but on considerably higher revenue. The company lowered its outlook after that scandal in which its signature pants were pulled from store shelves for being just a wee too transparent in certain places. Still, shares are up 10% this year, and have climbed 24% since the recall became public.

Next up is Pier 1 Imports (PIR) which also reports sometime today. Shares of this company have risen 55% over the past year, suggesting this is more than a high tide lifting all ships. Pier 1 is expected to post earnings of 19-cents a share up from 16-cents last year on an increase of about 10% in revenue. The chain appears to be benefitting from the turnaround in housing. It's also in the middle of a 3-year investment plan which includes refurbishing many stores.

Now there's McDonald's (MCD), which reports its May sales today. The company is trying to rebound from recent troubles. McDonald's actually gets 40% of its revenues from Europe. It is now trying to localize menus to boost business. Shares of McDonald's are up about 9% year-to-date. They're up close to 14% over the past year. They hit a 52-week high above $100 a share back in April.

Finally there's Tesla (TSLA). Barron's ran a cover story on the company this weekend questioning the value of the stock. Shares are up 188% year-to-date. They've jumped 33% in just the past month. The Barron's article cites two concerns: whether the cost of electric batteries will come down, increasing Tesla's profit margins. And the fact that CEO Elon Musk says he sees sales reaching 40-thousand cars a year at most. On the upside, the Model S sedan has won just about every car award in sight.

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