Oppenheimer analysts Anna Andreeva and Samantha Lanman reiterated their "outperform" rating for Lululemon Athletica (LULU) and gave the athletic apparel company a price target of $68, up from $65.
Andreeva and Lanman see Lululemon as a brand that can "control its own destiny" without worrying about over-distribution. The analysts also point to Lululemon's move to open new stores internationally while scaling back in the U.S. as a sign of positive sales numbers to come, as international sales could quadruple by 2020.
Second quarter comparable sales are set to be near the high end of Lululemon's low-to-mid-single digits guidance at around 4%. The company's goal of $4 billion in sales by 2020 is becoming clearer as men's and China sales increase, Andreeva and Lanman wrote.
Lululemon stock is down over 8% since the start of the year but is trading up at mid-morning.
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More issues for food makers: As if food makers such as Kraft Heinz (KHC) and grocery retailers like Kroger (KR) and Walmart (WMT) didn't have enough issues on their plate thanks to Amazon's (AMZN) advances.
A significant demographic headwind could add further pressure on the packaged food and grocery store sectors in the years ahead, according to Wolfe Research analyst Scott Mnushkin. The U.S. government reported recently that the fertility rate in the U.S. (births per 1,000 women) hit a record low of 62.0 in 2016, with the number of births down about 1% from the prior year. With births declining and immigration slowing, population growth in the U.S. has stalled.
For the aforementioned sectors, Mnushkin points out, it's critical households are formed in order for demand to materialize. The fact that's not happening at a decent clip is troublesome.
All eyes on Apple's iPhone 8, per the usual: Barclays analyst Mark Moskowitz is not buying the projected "super cycle" in Apple's (AAPL) stock after the tech titan releases its highly anticipated iPhone 8 later this year. Amid reports that the highly anticipated smartphone may not include wireless charging, enhanced 3D technology, or Touch ID, Moskowitz contends that the phone's OLED display, the lone headline feature, won't be enough to convince consumers to upgrade.
"With OLED, we struggle to see the incremental benefits visually that would inspire a customer to replace an adequately-performing device," he noted.
Crowley, who built the location intelligence company into a service with 50 million monthly active users across its two apps since founding the company in 2009, spoke with TheStreet'S Natalie Walters at the company's hip headquarters in Soho, New York.
"I can see what Amazon is trying to do there," Crowley said. "I think it's super brilliant." As for what Crowley is up to at FourSquare right now, check out TheStreet this weekend.
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