116.17 +0.01 (0.01%)
After hours: 4:02PM EDT
|Bid||116.18 x 4000|
|Ask||116.19 x 4000|
|Day's Range||115.73 - 116.53|
|52 Week Range||89.06 - 117.97|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.14%|
As of September 21, Starbucks (SBUX) was trading at $57.45—a rise of 11.7% since the announcement of its third-quarter earnings on July 26. In the third quarter, which ended on July 1, Starbucks outperformed analysts’ sales and EPS expectations. Management blamed stricter regulations and the crackdown on unauthorized third-party delivery services for the decline. In order to address the delivery issues, the company partnered with Alibaba (BABA) to start delivery services in China. The announcement of the delivery partnership appears to have increased the company’s stock price.
Chipotle Mexican Grill’s (CMG) strong second-quarter earnings and upgrade from Morgan Stanley boosted its stock to a 52-week high of $530.68 on August 16. The company’s stock fell due to Wedbush’s downgrade, Pershing Square Capital Management reducing its stake in Chipotle, and rising labor wages. On August 27, Wedbush downgraded Chipotle from “neutral” to “underperform” due to weaker-than-expected SSSG (same-store sales growth) since the beginning of the third quarter and increased pressure on the company’s margins.
According to Bloomberg’s tracker, Tesla’s Model 3 production rate was estimated at 3,274 units per week as of September 21. The company also aims to increase its Model 3 production to 6,000 units per week “by late August.” Moreover, TSLA has suggested that “the majority of [its] production lines will be ready to produce” about “10,000 Model 3s per week” by the end of 2018. Tesla’s ability to achieve these goals should continue to be in investors’ focus in the fourth quarter.
In the previous two parts, we saw how AutoZone’s (AZO) key business segments fared in the fiscal fourth quarter. The company’s continued focus on improving parts availability and the in-store experience helped it drive notable positive growth in its commercial segment. Now, let’s see how these factors affected AutoZone’s profitability in the fiscal fourth quarter.
In the previous part of this series, we looked at how discontinuing the promotional discounts to AutoZone’s (AZO) online ship-to-home program affected its retail business in the fiscal fourth quarter. Now, let’s analyze the company’s recent performance in another key business segment: DIFM (Do It for Me), which is its commercial segment. In the fiscal fourth quarter, AutoZone opened 58 new commercial programs, much higher than the 38, 23, and 30 new programs opened in the fiscal third quarter, the fiscal second quarter, and the fiscal first quarter, respectively.
Darden Restaurants (DRI) posted its earnings for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 before the market opened on September 20. The company posted adjusted EPS of $1.34 on revenues of $2.06 billion. Year-over-year, the company’s EPS has increased by 35.4%, while its revenues grew by 6.5%.
According to Reuters, as of September 20, ~50%, 65%, and 54% of analysts have given “buy” recommendations to AutoZone (AZO), O’Reilly Automotive (ORLY), and Advance Auto Parts (AAP), respectively.
According to the data compiled by Reuters as of September 20, only ~19% of analysts covering Ford Motor Company (F) have given it “buy” recommendations. A total of 71% remain uncertain and have recommended “holds” on the stock, while the remaining 10% of analysts have recommended “sells.”
According to recent estimates by Autodata, the seasonally adjusted rate of US light vehicle sales stood at 16.72 million units in August, higher than 16.58 million units in August 2017 but lower than 16.77 million units in July 2018.
AutoZone (AZO) sells auto parts and accessories primarily in the US market, as well as Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Brazil. In 2016, US auto companies (XLY) such as General Motors (GM) and Ford (F) benefited from strong US demand for utility vehicles and trucks. Utility vehicles and trucks tend to be more profitable than automobiles for these manufacturers.