5 Stocks To Watch This Week

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(Photo Credit: Scott Ableman)

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Tuesday – AutoZone

Auto parts retailer AutoZone (AZO) is set to report Tuesday before the opening bell. Last quarter AutoZone reported an 8% gain in year over year (yoy) earnings per share and a minor drop in total revenue.

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Earnings at AutoZone have been growing by a yoy average of 16% each quarter over the past 2 years. In the second quarter of this year that rate of expanson dropped to 8%, it’s lowest reported value in 24 months.

After a brief tumble leading into last quarter’s earnings release date AutoZone stock has picked up steam, climbing 17% since the last report. AutoZone has a history of reporting within a relatively tight range compared to estimates and Tuesday analysts on Estimize are executing AutoZone to get back to it’s winning ways by reporting 15% EPS growth.

Tuesday – Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

The huge trend supporting organic and healthy food options at the expensive of fast food joints continued rolling on Monday. McDonald’s reported an awful sales figure, disclosing that same store sales sank 4.6% in November. Although secular forces appear to be lined against of Krispy Kreme, sales at the glazed doughnut company have been holding up just fine in recent months.

Last quarter Krispy Kreme (KKD) saw its revenue climb 7%. However, results on the bottom line did not shimmer the same way that sales did. Krispy Kreme’s EPS dropped by 7% last period. In last quarter’s press release CEO Tony Thompson commented that the top line revenue growth was spurred by promotions and increased spending on marketing. Domestic same store sales were up 2.8% and the overall store count rose 3.4% last quarter.

Tuesday analysts on Estimize are looking for Krispy Kreme to improve its margin blues and report a15% EPS increase alongside a 6% hike in total sales.

Wednesday – Lululemon

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(Graph above from ChartIQ Visual Earnings)

Since early June 2013 shares of Lululemon have been trending lower. Revenue growth has fallen between a moderate range landing between 7% and 37% each quarter within the past 2 years. This quarter Estimize contributors are looking for $427 million in revenue, or slightly more than a 12% yoy gain. That would be just under last quarter’s 13% sales boost.

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Author: Travis Esquivel

Travis Esquivel is an engineer, passionate soccer player and full-time dad. He enjoys writing about innovation and technology from time to time.

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