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2 Analysts React To Urban Outfitters' Sales Miss, Stock Drop

Brett Hershman

Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) shares are in free-fall mode after reporting a third-quarter earnings miss on Tuesday.

Encouraged By Improved Results

Baird analyst Mark Altschwager said he was encouraged by Urban Outfitters improved results fueled by a resurgence at Anthropologie and strength at Free People, but a cautious outlook in the fourth quarter is responsible for the drop in shares.

The analyst trimmed his 2019/2020 EPS estimates to represent a more conservative view on fourth-quarter margins, but says in the long term, he believes with its differentiated brands/concepts and digital strength, Urban Outfitters is one of the better positioned specialty retailers in his coverage universe.

“As shares pull back from recent highs, we think risk/reward looks more intriguing; however, we remain disciplined on valuation given sector headwinds,” he wrote in a note.

Baird maintains a Neutral rating and raised its price target from $25 to $26.

Waiting For Better Valuation

Wedbush analyst Jen Redding said inventory overhang has rightfully frightened the bulls amid a strong start to the holiday season.

Although the analyst is encouraged by the positive comps across the board for Urban Outfitters brands, Redding says third-quarter results are likely to weigh on the retail sector as a whole, particularly in teen apparel retailers.

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Wedbush says shares could begin to look oversold of declines continue but the firm remains on the sidelines as it believes valuations are fair at current levels.

The analyst maintains a Neutral rating on the company and lowered her price target from $33 to $28.

Price Action

Urban Outfitters shares traded down 15.6% to $24.31 at time of publication.

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Latest Ratings for URBN

Date Firm Action From To
Nov 2019 Maintains Sector Perform
Nov 2019 Maintains Neutral
Nov 2019 Maintains Hold

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