Amazon (AMZN) has a brand new Echo smart speaker called Echo Show. Including Echo Show, there are now five variants of Echo-branded products.
The competition between Amazon (AMZN) and Walmart (WMT) is rapidly escalating, and the stage is set for a major duel in the food market.
Walmart seems to have become disruptive since it acquired Jet.com, an e-commerce provider that once threatened to make life hard for Amazon in the business of wooing budget shoppers.
On May 23, 2017, AutoZone’s stock price was trading at a bearish $581.40. In July 2016, the stock posted its all-time high of $819.54.
According to the latest data from Thomson Reuters, 52% of analysts covering AutoZone (AZO) gave the stock a “buy” recommendation.
As of May 23, AutoZone’s forward EV-to-EBITDA multiple is 8.4x, as compared to O’Reilly Automotive’s and Advance Auto Parts’ 11.1x and 9.1x, respectively.
In fiscal 3Q17, AutoZone’s gross margin remained weak on a YoY basis at 52.6%—a fall of about 21 basis points from 52.8% in fiscal 3Q16.
During AutoZone’s fiscal 3Q17 earnings call, Bill Rhodes, AZO’s chief executive, expressed concerns about slowing growth rates.
In fiscal 3Q17, AutoZone’s DIY traffic count fell on a YoY (year-over-year) basis.
In fiscal 3Q17, AutoZone reported revenues of $2.6 billion—about 1% higher than in fiscal 3Q16.
AutoZone’s fiscal 3Q17 (ended May 6, 2017) adjusted EPS (earnings per share) stood at $11.44, which is ~6% higher than its $10.77 EPS in fiscal 3Q16.
As of May 22, 2017, 39.0% of the analysts recommended a “buy” for Deere stock, 43.0% recommended a “hold,” and 18.0% recommended a “sell.”
Deere’s revenue growth was primarily driven by improved sales outside the US and Canada. Outside this region, its revenue grew 14% during 2Q17.
Deere (DE) announced its fiscal 2Q17 earnings on May 19, 2017, before the market opened. Deere reported EPS of $2.49 and beat analysts’ estimate.
Gap (GPS) has paid dividends and repurchased its shares regularly, supported primarily by its solid cash balance.
Gap (GPS) reported total revenues of $3.4 billion in fiscal 1Q17, beating the consensus by $50.0 million. YoY, its top line remained almost flat.
Gap (GPS), which posted first-quarter 2017 results on May 18, 2017, reported adjusted diluted EPS of $0.36, topping Wall Street estimates by $0.07.
San Francisco–based Gap (GPS) reported its results for fiscal 1Q17 on May 18, 2017. It came in ahead of Wall Street’s expectations for revenue and earnings.
The surge in Cisco stock came to a halt after the company posted its 3Q17 earnings. The stock fell nearly 8.0%, making it the biggest fall since November 2013.
As of May 19, 2017, Symantec (SYMC) was trading at a forward EV-to-EBITDA multiple of ~9.3x, which is lower than Oracle’s (ORCL) ~10.6x.