25.50 0.00 (0.00%)
After hours: 5:22PM EDT
|Bid||25.27 x 4000|
|Ask||25.93 x 4000|
|Day's Range||25.42 - 26.42|
|52 Week Range||16.52 - 27.50|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.72|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||1,821.43|
|Earnings Date||Jul 24, 2019 - Jul 29, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||21.75|
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Ralph Lauren (RL) gains from the Next Great Chapter plan as well as strength in international and digital businesses. But sluggishness in the North America segment and currency remain deterrents.
Stocks have been on fire in 2019. Year-to-date, the S&P 500 is up more than 16%. Over the past decade, the S&P 500 has rallied more than 16% in a full year only three times. It has done so only five times in the past two decades. We are already at that mark today, and it isn't even July.In other words, stocks have had a record-setting performance in the first half of 2019. As the old saying goes, "a rising tide lifts all boats." Thus, as the broader market has rallied big in early 2019, most stocks have rallied alongside it.But, as any good investor knows, no party lasts forever. There's reason to believe this party in stocks will moderate into the end of the year. Depressed valuations supported the big rally in stocks in early 2019. Coming into the year, the S&P 500 was trading around 14-times forward earnings, well below the historical norm.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsToday, this depressed valuation support no longer exists. The S&P 500 now trades at over 16.5-times forward earnings, which is above the historical norm for the index. Sustained profit growth can keep stocks in rally mode despite this above-average valuation. But, with valuations now higher than they were before, the big 2019 stock market rally will likely slow into the end of the year.As it does slow, gains across the market will become less broad and more narrow, meaning that we will see a handful of stocks struggle in the back half of the year. * 6 Stocks Ready to Bounce on a Trade Deal Which stocks fall into this category? Let's take a look at six stocks to sell before the stock market party slows down. Stocks to Sell for the Rest of 2019: Under Armour (UAA)Source: Shutterstock At the top of this list of stocks to sell, we have athletic apparel company Under Armour (NYSE:UAA).The bull thesis on UAA stock is pretty simple. You have a beaten up athletic apparel company that has struggled to grow revenues over the past several years, and which operates at depressed margins. But the company has finally cleared its inventory, and management is sounding a bullish tone about growth prospects over the next several years. Thus, there's reason to believe that revenue growth can and will re-accelerate over the next several years, and as it does, profit growth will be doubly robust since margins will ramp from a depressed 2018 base.This bull thesis is legit. That is exactly what will happen. But, it misunderstands one very important thing: valuation.UAA stock trades at 53-times forward earnings. The growth darlings in this industry, Nike (NYSE:NKE) and Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU), both trade sub-40 forward multiples. They are also both growing revenues faster than Under Armour. Sure, UAA has more profit growth potential because of its depressed 2018 margin base. Even if you model everything out, though, it's tough to justify a $29 price tag on UAA stock today.As such, I think growth will disappoint in the back-half of the year, and that this disappointing growth will ultimately short-circuit the recent rally in UAA stock. Snap (SNAP)Source: Shutterstock Second on this list of stocks to sell in the back half of 2019 is hyper-growth social media company Snap (NYSE:SNAP).Much like Under Armour, the bull thesis on Snap is pretty simple. After several quarters of user base compression, the user base has finally stabilized, and will likely resume growth in the coming quarters as the Android app revamp grows the platform's international reach. With the user base back in growth mode, the company can return its focus to improving the ad business, which should result in advertisers flocking back to the platform. This will result in healthy revenue growth, which should also drive strong margin expansion, and one day produce big profits at scale.Much like the bull thesis on UAA stock, the bull thesis on SNAP stock misunderstands valuation and competition.SNAP stock trades at a whopping 12-times forward sales. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) both trade around 8-times forward sales. Again, some of the valuation premium is warranted because Snap is ramping growth from a smaller base. But competition concerns are very real here, and could ultimately short-circuit Snap's renewed user growth trajectory and ad growth ramp, especially if Instagram plunges more into commerce and grows young consumers mind-share. If that happens, SNAP stock will fall in a big way from today's elevated valuation levels. * 7 Value Stocks to Buy for the Second Half Net net, SNAP stock has simply come too far and too fast in 2019, and looks subject to a big draw-down in the back half of year in the not-so-unlikely event that the growth trajectory flattens out. Proctor & Gamble (PG)Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr (Modified)Third on this list of stocks to sell in the second half of 2019 is consumer staples giant Proctor & Gamble (NYSE:PG).At first glance, PG stock looks like a great place to hang out right now. This is a consumer staples giant which sells the sort of stuff that will have stable consumer demand forever regardless of the economic backdrop. Thus, with macroeconomic risks on the rise in a late stage bull market, P&G's relatively stable profit growth outlook is attractive. Further, the stock has a juicy 2.7% yield, which looks especially attractive against the backdrop of a depressed 10-year Treasury Yield.The problem, though, is that everyone is looking at PG stock this way, and long Procter & Gamble has become a crowded trade.PG stock now trades at 24-times forward earnings. That's a bigger forward earnings multiple than both Facebook and Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL). Both Facebook and Alphabet grew revenues by over 20% last quarter, have reported 20%-plus revenue growth for the past several years, and project to do the same over the next several years. P&G reported organic revenue growth of 5% last quarter and un-adjusted sales growth of 1%. Over the next several years, this projects as a low-single-digit revenue grower.In other words, the long PG trade has become way overcrowded. Towards the back half of the year, as growth continues to come in at the low-single-digit range, this crowded trade will unwind, and PG stock will fall. Starbucks (SBUX)Source: Shutterstock Another stock to sell in the back half of 2019 is retail coffee giant Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX).Much like Procter & Gamble, SBUX stock looks really good upon first glance. You have the world's leading retail coffee company which is using menu innovations and digital integrations to drive re-accelerated positive comparable sales growth in the U.S. At the same time, the company is rapidly expanding in China and has robust growth potential over there, supported by a long unit growth runway. Margins are stable. Profits should head higher. So should the stock.But, there are competition risks here which could hamper the growth narrative in the second half of 2019.On the U.S. front, traffic growth has gone from consistently positive to consistently negative, meaning that positive comps in the U.S. are being driven entirely by price hikes. But, with McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) expanding its presence in the low-price breakfast category and indie coffee shops expanding their presence in the high-price breakfast category, Starbucks doesn't have much wiggle room to hike prices further without risking big traffic declines. This all could come to a head in the back half of 2019, and comparable sales growth could fall back to the flat line. * 5 Stocks to Buy for $20 or Less At the same time, the China growth narrative is threatened by the rapid expansion of freshly public Luckin Coffee (NYSE:LK). In the big picture, the Starbucks growth narrative is sliding on thin ice right now. That ice could break in the back half of 2019. When it does, SBUX stock is liable to fall in a big way. Ulta (ULTA)Source: Mike Mozart via FlickrWhen it comes to stocks to sell in the back half of 2019, one name that comes to mind is cosmetics retailer Ulta (NASDAQ:ULTA).Structurally, there is nothing wrong with the Ulta stock growth narrative. Ulta is the biggest cosmetics-focused retailer in the United States, and has naturally benefited from powerful secular growth tailwinds in the cosmetics industry over the past several years (the rise of selfie-focused and image-sharing apps has led to a rise in consumers wanting to look good, which has led to a rise in beauty sales). This tailwind will persist.Ulta is also benefiting from a healthy unit growth narrative which has consistently powered 10%-plus unit growth over the past several years. This tailwind will largely persist, too. The company also has a strong direct business and healthy margins.But, all of those tailwinds are slowing down and they will continue to slow. ULTA stock simply isn't priced for this slowing to persist.In 2017, comparable sales growth was nearly 16%. In 2018, it fell to 11%. Last quarter, it was 7%. For the full year, it's expected at 6.5%. Digital sales growth and unit growth have followed a similar deceleration trajectory. Meanwhile, operating margins are flattening out.The Ulta growth narrative is slowing. But, ULTA stock trades at a 52-week high valuation of nearly 28-times forward earnings. A 52-week-high valuation coupled with a slowing growth narrative? That's not a recipe for success. As such, as those two divergent dynamics converge in the back half of 2019, ULTA stock could drop. Zoom (ZM)Source: ZoomLast, but not least, on this list of stocks to sell for the rest of 2019 is IPO darling Zoom Video (NASDAQ:ZM).Zoom is a great company. Video conferencing is the next big leg of growth in the enterprise communication world. Zoom is at the heart of this video conferencing growth narrative and has emerged as the hottest player in that market. Revenues rose more than 100% last quarter. Importantly, gross margins are in sky-high 80%-plus territory, the operating expense rate is rapidly falling, and the company is already profitable.This rare combination of early profitability and big revenue growth has investors drooling over ZM stock. Consequently, the stock has nearly tripled from its IPO price.But, this rally seems overdone. The video conferencing market is big. But not that big. Plus, there's a ton of competition in this market, and Zoom is actually one of the smaller players. Sizable competition and a limited addressable market are two going concerns here. If you math out the company's long term potential, it would take some awfully bullish assumptions to justify a $100-plus price tag for ZM stock today. * 6 Stocks Ready to Bounce on a Trade Deal Broadly, then, ZM stock just seems to have come too far, too fast, during its IPO honeymoon phase. Eventually, this honeymoon phase will end, reality will sink in, and Zoom stock will drop.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long NKE, LULU, FB, TWTR, GOOG, MCD, and LK. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 Blue-Chip Stocks to Buy for a Noisy Market * 5 Strong Buy Biotech Stocks for the Second Half * 6 Stocks Ready to Bounce on a Trade Deal Compare Brokers The post 6 Stocks to Sell in the Back Half of 2019 appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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On last night's "Mad Money," during the "Off The Charts" segment, Jim Cramer and colleague Dan Fitzpatrick went over the charts of Under Armour Inc. In this daily bar chart of UAA, below, we can see part of the base pattern and the upside break out around $25 earlier this month. The daily On-Balance-Volume (OBV) line shows a strong rise from December to new highs to confirm the price gains as it tells us that buyers have been more aggressive for months.
Other brands besides Under Armour to get a failing grade include competitors Adidas, Nike Inc. and Puma.
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Under Armour Inc NYSE:UAAView full report here! Summary * ETFs holding this stock are seeing positive inflows * Bearish sentiment is moderate Bearish sentimentShort interest | NeutralShort interest is moderately high for UAA with between 10 and 15% of shares outstanding currently on loan. The last change in the short interest score occurred more than 1 month ago and implies that there has been little change in sentiment among investors who seek to profit from falling equity prices. Money flowETF/Index ownership | PositiveETF activity is positive. Over the last month, ETFs holding UAA are favorable, with net inflows of $8.87 billion. Additionally, the rate of inflows is increasing. Economic sentimentPMI by IHS Markit | NeutralAccording to the latest IHS Markit Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) data, output in the Consumer Goods sector is rising. The rate of growth is weak relative to the trend shown over the past year, however. Credit worthinessCredit default swapCDS data is not available for this security.Please send all inquiries related to the report to firstname.lastname@example.org.Charts and report PDFs will only be available for 30 days after publishing.This document has been produced for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon or as construed as investment advice. To the fullest extent permitted by law, IHS Markit disclaims any responsibility or liability, whether in contract, tort (including, without limitation, negligence), equity or otherwise, for any loss or damage arising from any reliance on or the use of this material in any way. Please view the full legal disclaimer and methodology information on pages 2-3 of the full report.
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[Editor's note: This story was previously published in February 2019. It has since been updated and republished.]Another day, another hack, another reason to buy a cybersecurity stock. That has been my motto for the better part of the past few years, as a huge surge in digital data volume globally has been accompanied by an equally large surge in headline cyber attacks. The big one was the Equifax (NYSE:EFX) scandal back in mid-2017, but that incident is far from isolated. Everyone from Under Armour (NYSE:UAA) to Wendy's (NYSE:WEN) to Whole Foods to Uber to Yahoo and U.S. universities has dealt with a cyber attack of some sort over the past several years.Concurrent to the rampant rise in cyber attacks, demand for cybersecurity solutions has burgeoned, and cybersecurity stocks have bounced. The Prime Cybersecurity ETF (NYSEARCA:HACK) is up roughly 20% over the past year, almost double the S&P 500's return of 18%.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 S&P 500 Dividend Stocks to Buy at Least Yielding 3% The pace of these attacks will only increase as more valuable data shifts online over the next several years. As such, demand for cybersecurity solutions will continue to grow and cybersecurity stocks will continue to outperform.With that in mind, here's a list of 15 cybersecurity stocks that investors should watch over the next several years. Indeed, I think a few of them could be huge winners: Palo Alto Networks (PANW)When it comes to cybersecurity stocks, the cream of the corp is Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW). "Another day, another hack, another reason to buy a cybersecurity stock" could just as easily read "another day, another hack, another reason to buy Palo Alto Networks stock." In other words, Palo Alto Networks is so big and so good at what it does that the company may as well be a substitute for the entire cybersecurity space.This dominance has manifested itself in a long and steady track record of 20%-plus revenue growth and healthy operating margin expansion, the sum of which has powered a 150% rally in PANW stock over the past five years.Recent numbers are a little weak, but analysts remain confident on the stock. Fortinet (FTNT)While Palo Alto Networks may be the cream of the corp in this industry, Fortinet Inc (NASDAQ:FTNT) isn't too far behind.Source: Dennis van Zuijlekom via FlickrThis is another really big, really strong cybersecurity company that has a strong track record of 20%-plus revenue growth and strong share price gains. Over the past five years, FTNT is up 211%.Revenue growth isn't slowing at all, implying that despite increased competition, Fortinet continues to ride secular tailwinds in cybersecurity to 20%-plus revenue growth. Thus, so long as cybersecurity tailwinds remain strong, FTNT stock should do well. * 10 Stocks to Buy That Could Be Takeover Targets Analysts are worried about valuation here and now, with the stock trading at nearly 40X forward earnings. That does seem a little rich and this stock may be due for a correction in the near future. But thereafter, long-term tailwinds should drive FTNT stock higher. Check Point (CHKP)Another cybersecurity industry titan is Check Point (NASDAQ:CHKP). And, as an industry titan, CHKP stock is a likely winner if cybersecurity tailwinds stay strong.Source: Check Point SoftwareBut, CHKP stock has struggled lately. CHKP stock is up just 14% over the past year. A lot of the recent weakness in CHKP stock has to do with anemic revenue growth. Revenue growth was just 2% last quarter, an usually low mark for a cybersecurity giant.Long story short, it looks like competition is weighing on CHKP stock. Thus, go-forward growth prospects, while strong, are muddied by competitive threats. Granted, CHKP stock sports a reasonable valuation at just a little more than 20X forward earnings. But, that low valuation runs next to low growth, so the stock really isn't a bargain.Analysts aren't in love with this stock, and the chart isn't all that great, either. Thus, while CHKP should head higher in the long run thanks to industry tailwinds, the outlook for the stock in the near- to medium-term is much less promising. FireEye (FEYE)I'd lump cybersecurity company FireEye (NASDAQ:FEYE) more into the Check Point pile than the Palo Alto Networks and Fortinet pile.Source: David via Flickr (Modified)This is a solid company with healthy industry drivers, but revenue growth isn't robust. Over the last few years, that's caught up with the stock which has fallen 60 percent over the last five years. The company is barely profitable.As such, FEYE stock doesn't look like a huge winner in the big picture. * 6 Big Dividend Stocks to Buy as Yields Plunge That being said, there is an argument to buy FEYE stock in the near- to medium-term. Ever since the start of 2016, FEYE stock has been highly cyclical. In that cycle, the stock usually bottoms when the trailing sales multiple hits 3. Right now, we are just above 3. Thus, further weakness in the stock should be expected but could turn into a medium-term buying opportunity. Proofpoint (PFPT)Proofpoint (NASDAQ:PFPT) is the nascent, hyper-growth player in the cybersecurity space. The company isn't all that big (under $6 billion market cap, versus nearly $20 billion for Palo Alto Networks). But, what this company lacks in size, it makes up for in growth. \Because of this massive growth in a rapidly expanding industry, PFPT stock has done quite well. The stock is up 200% over the past five years.Analysts think this stock heads higher. So do I. Growth rates are huge, the valuation is reasonable, and the chart looks good. Imperva (IMPV)There is a lot of noise surrounding Imperva (NASDAQ:IMPV) right now. But, I think that if you zoom out and look at the big picture, this is a cybersecurity company heading in the right direction. IMPV stock got slammed recently because of mixed quarterly numbers that included a big-cut to the full-year guide. The rationale behind the down-guide was that Imperva is transitioning to a subscription model, and that is adversely affecting revenue and profits in the near-term.Longer-term, though, this is the right move. We are entering the subscription economy era. Moreover, Imperva operates in a rapid growth area of cybersecurity (hybrid cloud), and that gives them exposure to huge tailwinds over the next several quarters. * 7 Bank Stocks to Leave in the Vault Meanwhile, the valuation on IMPV stock is reasonable at only 4.5X sales. Thus, in a big picture, I think IMPV stock is headed in the right direction. But, IMPV won't be a big winner overnight, so expect some choppiness while Imperva's financials take a near-term hit from the subscription shift. CyberArk (CYBR)Much like Proofpoint, CyberArk (NASDAQ:CYBR) is a cybersecurity company characterized by small scale but big growth.Source: Shutterstock CyberArk is even smaller than Proofpoint (just a $2 billion market cap). But, growth is really big. Last quarter, revenues rose 34% year-over-year, and deferred revenue rose by more than 40%.Also much like PFPT, CYBR stock has been a big winner due to its big growth. Over the past year, CYBR stock is up 103%.Analysts think this run will continue, albeit at a much slower rate. That seems reasonable to me. This stock is slightly more expensive than PFPT, but growing at a slower rate, so if you are searching for growth in the cybersecurity space, I'd pick PFPT over CYBR. Cisco (CSCO)One of the bigger companies on this list, Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO), is much more than just a cybersecurity company. But, a big part of this company's turnaround narrative is centered on cybersecurity.Source: Shutterstock That part of the Cisco narrative is doing well, and is powering improved financial results. After its 30 climb this year, Cisco may be starting to level off. Moreover, laps are going to get tougher going forward, so slowing revenue growth is a risk this company is looking at it in the near- to medium-term future. * 7 Stocks to Buy for Monster Growth That being said, CSCO stock is pretty cheap at just 16X forward earnings, and the chart looks pretty good.Big picture, CSCO stock has great, upside from here. It is a low-risk, low-volatility investment with a cheap valuation. But, it also lacks big-time growth drivers to unlock huge share price appreciation in the long-term. Carbonite (CARB)Although it is one of the smaller names on this list, Carbonite (NASDAQ:CARB) has one of the better growth narratives in all of cybersecurity.Source: Shutterstock This is a company that is positioning itself as a data protection company. Considering the volume of digital data is exploding higher right now on a global scale, data protection is the right niche to dominate over the next several years.Carbonite's numbers haven't been great as of late. Revenues were down year-over-year for the last quarter, but gross margins are trending higher. Operating margins, too. Net profits are growing by a whole bunch from a small base.The valuation, meanwhile, isn't all that bad at 4X trailing sales. The stock is down more than 70% over the past year, but it has a bunch of positive momentum right now. Qualys (QLYS)The next cybersecurity stock to watch over the next several years is Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS).Source: Shutterstock The value prop of Qualys is getting enterprise customers to sign onto their platform, consolidate their security and compliance stacks, and cut IT spend. That is a pretty promising value prop, and a lot of customers are buying into it.Last quarter, revenues at Qualys rose more than 15%. Gross margins aren't soaring higher, but operating margins are moving higher as big revenue growth is driving opex leverage. * 7 Safe Stocks to Buy for Anxious Investors From a valuation perspective, this hyper-growth cybersecurity stock looks fully valued at over 13X trailing sales. That is about as big as it gets in this industry, but Qualys isn't the biggest grower. Thus, going forward, valuation will likely weigh on share price performance. Symantec (SYMC)Of all the stocks on this list, Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC) is the one that has been struggling the most.Source: Shutterstock SYMC stock is down more than 16% over the past year, mostly thanks to slowing revenue growth, which just turned negative. Considering competition in this space is only intensifying, it is discouraging to see revenue growth already dip into negative territory.That being said, SYMC stock is about as cheap as it gets in this sector. The stock trades at 2.5X trailing sales and 13X forward earnings. Those are pretty cheap multiples for exposure to cyber defense.If the growth trajectory for this company improves, SYMC stock could soar higher. Until then, though, SYMC stock will remain weak. There simply isn't much demand for zero-growth cyber defense stocks. Akamai (AKAM)One cybersecurity stock with a very attractive and multi-faceted growth narrative is Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM).Source: Shutterstock The Akamai growth narrative is really quite broad. On one end, the company's fastest-growing segment is its Cloud Security solutions. Revenues in this segment are consistently growing around 25% to 35% year-over-year each quarter, and momentum is strong due to the security portfolio including new products.On the other end, Akamai provides solutions that enable the shift from linear content to internet content. This shift is only gaining momentum, and as such, Akamai's growth narrative and numbers are only getting better. * 7 High-Yield REITs to Buy (Even When the Market Tanks) Valuation is a concern for this stock. But, the fundamentals are pretty good. Thus, while I don't think AKAM stock has another 20%-plus upside in its tank over the next 12 months, I do see this stock heading higher in a multi-year window. Splunk (SPLK)Another high-growth name in this space is Splunk (NASDAQ:SPLK).Source: Web Summit Via FlickrSplunk essentially operates in the world of turning data into actionable insights. This is a good place to be. It puts Splunk at the heart of a $55 billion addressable market. Revenues currently sit around $1.3 billion on a trailing 12 month basis, so there is clearly a long runway for big growth.But, revenue growth has been consistently slowing at SPLK. The valuation, however, has not compressed. That is a worrisome combination, and likely at the heart of its 17% drop in May. With revenue growth last quarter under 40%, and the price-to-sales multiple above 10X, this stock looks unnecessarily risky here and now.Analysts have been moving to the sidelines on this name, and insiders are selling a bunch, so now might be the time to heed the warning signs. F5 Networks (FFIV)F5 Networks (NASDAQ:FFIV) has fallen upon hard times. But, that could change soon.Source: Shutterstock Over the past year, the stock is down 22% and the forward-earnings-multiple on FFIV stock remains below 20.The valuation is attractive, but it is on top of what is projected as sub-10% earnings growth over the next several years. A 20X multiple for less than 10% growth isn't all the great, especially considering the market is trading at a lower multiple (17X) for bigger growth (16.5%). * 7 Strong Buy Stocks With Over 20% Upside Perhaps that is why most analysts have a price target on the stock that is below the current price tag. I think the analysts are right on this one. Cybersecurity tailwinds are strong, but there are better cybersecurity stocks on this list with more upside potential. Zscaler (ZS)Freshly public and relatively small, Zscaler (NASDAQ:ZS) is one of the most exciting and risky cybersecurity stocks on this list.Source: Shutterstock Zscaler went public at $16-per-share in March 2018. The IPO was a huge success. ZS stock doubled in its first day of trading, closing at $33. The momentum hasn't really stopped. Today, ZS stock is around $70.The hype makes sense. Zscaler is a cloud security company with nearly 3,000 customers, a huge international presence, 50%-plus revenue growth and 80%-plus gross margins. The company is disrupting a huge, nearly $20 billion cloud and mobility market, and revenues last year were just $126 million.Thus, the long-term growth narrative supporting ZS stock is quite promising. But, this is nearly a $5 billion company that is expected to do under $200 million in sales this year, so the stock is trading at a rather huge 25X-plus sales multiple. That isn't a risk-off investment. As such, ZS is the high-risk, high-reward name in this cybersecurity bunch.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long HACK, PANW, FTNT and PFPT. 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Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU) reports earnings on Wednesday, June 12. LULU stock has developed a reputation for significant movements following earnings reports. Hence, the Vancouver-based apparel maker will probably face high expectations going into the report. Still, while I see LULU as a long-term winner, the report may not bring the positive catalyst that many expect.Source: Shutterstock Wall Street forecasts the company will earn 71 cents per share in its first quarter. If this holds, that will represent a 27% increase from the same quarter last year when LULU reported 55 cents per share in profit. Analysts also predict revenues of $757 million for the quarter. This would be a 16.2% increase from year-ago levels of $649.71 million.Given its earnings history, holders of LULU stock may expect a little more. LULU has beat earnings for the last eight quarters and sales forecasts in the previous 13 reports. Moreover, Wall Street predicts earnings growth of 20.6% for the current year and 17.9% the next.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAlso, for the last five quarters, the LULU stock price has moved by more than 10% (in one direction or the other) following the report. All of these factors should bring high expectations. * 10 Stocks to Buy That Could Be Takeover Targets The company's signature yoga pants have put the company on the map. However, it has quickly emerged as a full-fledged athletic brand. They will expand into athletic shoes as well as personal care products. Lululemon even has added a line of menswear. They have also begun to test a loyalty program that will compare to Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) Prime membership. Report May Not Bolster LULU StockSince their specialty remains women's yoga pants, it remains unclear how successful these other lines will become. While the sale of menswear should increase sales, it remains unclear how much of a following a maker of women's yoga pants will attract in this market. However, this places the company in more direct competition with Nike (NYSE:NKE), Under Armour (NYSE:UA, NYSE:UAA) and Adidas (OTCMKTS:ADDYY).One other factor will heighten expectations further. In the previous quarter, Lululemon stock spiked higher by over 14% the day after its March earnings report. Many traders will inevitably buy LULU in hopes of a repeat performance. While that could happen, I would caution against buying for that reason. Following the December report, LULU stock fell by more than 13% despite an earnings beat.Moreover, LULU trades at a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of around 47.3. It also trades close to 31.2 times earnings on a forward basis. Given the expected profit growth rate and the likelihood of beating estimates, I do not see LULU as significantly overvalued. However, I believe the market has priced in the positives of this stock.I stated in a recent article that LULU stock would probably follow overall market trends. Since I reported that on April 10, LULU has fallen by slightly more than 1%. In comparison, the S&P 500 has fallen by a little more than 2% as of the time of this writing. Hence, that has largely held so far. Furthermore, trends do not appear favorable with the overall economy facing trade wars and slowing growth. While earnings could inspire a significant move in the stock, I believe it will continue to follow overall market trends closely. * 7 Reasons Stock Buybacks Should Be Illegal Final Thoughts on LULU StockGiven the history of LULU stock, the earnings report should spark a reaction, though not necessarily a positive one. Lululemon stock consistently beats estimates. The company has also gone into business lines that should place them into deeper competition with firms such as Nike. However, beating earnings estimates has not necessarily taken the stock higher. Further, investors should not assume that the success LULU enjoyed with women's yoga pants will carry over into other clothing or product lines.Finally, as for its current valuation, it will probably follow the market in the near term. Although Lululemon will probably continue its long-term growth, I would still encourage patience with LULU stock.As of this writing, Will Healy did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned stocks. You can follow Will on Twitter at @HealyWriting. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * The 4 FANG Stocks Won't Be Bitten By Regulation Threats * 10 Stocks to Buy That Could Be Takeover Targets * 4 Big Bank Stocks Rebounding Compare Brokers The post Is Lululemon Stock Too Risky to Bet On Before Earnings? appeared first on InvestorPlace.
If you are looking for a fast growing stock that is still seeing plenty of opportunities on the horizon, make sure to consider Under Armour (UAA).
Shares of Nike (NYSE:NKE) have been under plenty of pressure over the past few weeks. Intensifying trade talks with China aren't helping, as Nike stock hits its lowest levels since January. Not all sports stocks are created equal though, as Under Armour (NYSE:UA, NYSE:UAA) continues to do just fine. Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ:LULU) is doing okay, but not great, while Foot Locker (NYSE:FL) is tanking.Source: rodrigofranca via FlickrThis year's NBA Finals are interesting, given how many NBA pros have top shoe deals. Over the past few years, we've seen the Golden State Warriors face off with the Cleveland Cavaliers. That featured a number of Nike athletes, including Kevin Durant (the last two years), LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, among others. Under Armour, notably, had Stephen Curry on its side.But this year matchup between Golden State and the Toronto Raptors features Durant with Nike, Curry with Under Armour and Kawhi Leonard with New Balance. It's a diversified bunch, although it doesn't help Nike that its star (Durant) has been injured for the first two games.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Sports Stocks to WatchWith game three of the NBA Finals coming up on Wednesday, I want to see if Nike stock specifically can shake its recent stigma. Not many were expecting the Raptors to put up a big fight against Golden State. But through two games, the series is pretty tight so far.That's important, because the longer this series goes, the more exposure Nike can get. In June 2015, Nike signed an eight-year apparel deal with the NBA. Further, the apparel maker just dropped a re-release of its Air Jordan 4 shoe, in its Raptor colorway. The company is doing exactly what it should do to keep attention flowing to its brand. * 10 Heavily Shorted Stocks to Sell -- Because the Bears Are Right The question is, will it work?Based on the last few earnings reports, Nike is doing well. But trade-war worries continue to weigh on the stock. If we can get some more-than-expected Nike-specific focus during the Finals, that may help with short-term sentiment. That's assuming the stock market can find its footing -- no pun intended -- and slow its recent selloff.However, sports stocks and Nike stock specifically will likely come under pressure should trade-war talk intensify. A global slowdown doesn't do Nike any good, nor does a worsening trade war.So while investors will have one eye on the NBA Finals, they'll also be watching trade-war headlines to see how they impact sports stocks going forward. Trading Nike Stock Click to EnlargeBasketball is a huge driver for Nike and the league doesn't get any more attention than when it's playoffs time. So far though, that's not translating to a higher stock price. Nike stock is down 14% from its highs in mid-April.Shares were able to rally about 1% on Monday in the face of another broad-market decline. Perhaps it's a sign that the NBA Finals can give it a boost. It's also bouncing off that $77 area, a key fourth-quarter resistance level that, once breached, propelled NKE stock higher in January.It would be discouraging to see Nike lose this mark now. If it does, watch $75, the 61.8% retracement for the one-year range to give it another bounce. Below there and I wonder if investors can get lucky enough to nab a position in NKE for $70-ish. That would be a great long-term opportunity. * 7 Retail Stocks Winning in 2019 and Beyond On the upside, say current levels hold. We first need to see Nike stock recapture the 50% retracement at $78. From there, a rally back to the $80 to $81 area can ensue. Particularly if trade headlines relent for a few sessions and investors can focus on Nike's fundamentals and the Finals.However, $80 to $81 is a big level. There it has the 200-day moving average, channel resistance, the 38.2% retracement and the downtrending 20-day moving average.That's a mouthful of numbers, but for simplicity sake, just know it could easily act as resistance. At least on Nike stock's first test. Should it push through though, it could give shares -- and sports stocks in general -- a serious spark.Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Kenwell did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 Stocks to Sell Impacted by the Mexican Tariffs * 6 Big Dividend Stocks to Buy as Yields Plunge * The 10 Biggest Announcements From Apple WWDC 2019 Compare Brokers The post Will NBA Finals Give Sports Stocks Like Nike a Bounce? appeared first on InvestorPlace.