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What Are Analysts Recommending for Hanesbrands?

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On the sidelines

As of January 7, of the 15 analysts covering Hanesbrands (HBI) stock, 40% recommend a “buy.” The remaining 60% of the analysts have given HBI a “hold” rating.

Hanesbrands is one of the leading names in the apparel space in the US. The performance of its Champion brand remains robust. Also, acquisitions are contributing to top-line growth. However, the weakness in the innerwear segment is a major concern.

Innerwear sales deteriorated in all three quarters of 2018. Nonetheless, management expects better shipments and point-of-sale alignment to drive the segment’s performance in the holiday quarter. Given the troubles, Hanesbrands stock was down 40.0% in 2018. As of January 7, the stock has gained 6.2% and last closed trading at $13.31.

In January so far, there have been two price target changes for HBI. On January 2, Wells Fargo slashed its price target to $14.00 from $18.00. On January 7, UBS lowered the price target to $13.50 from $17.50 earlier. Currently, analysts’ 12-month average price target for Hanesbrands stock is $18.57, which reflects 39.5% upside to the stock’s price on January 7.

Ratings for peers

Of the 21 analysts covering Ralph Lauren (RL) stock, 29% rated it a “buy,” while 62% gave it a “hold” rating. On January 2, Wells Fargo cut its price target to $125.00 from $130.00. On January 7, UBS upped the rating to “neutral” from “sell.” Currently, analysts’ price target for RL is $134.71, indicating a 26.3% upside to its January 7 stock price.

85.0% of the 20 analysts covering PVH (PVH) stock have given it a “buy” rating, while the remaining have rated it a “hold.” On January 2, Wells Fargo lowered its price target for PVH to $125.00 from $140.00. On January 7, UBS also lowered the price target to $145.00 from $170.00, but raised the rating to “buy.” The mean price target for PVH is $140.68, suggesting a 42.7% upside to the stock price.

About 18% of the 33 analysts covering Under Armour (UAA) stock have given it a “buy” rating, and another 55.0% rated it a “hold.” On January 7, UBS cut the price target to $20.00 from $24.00 earlier. The mean target price for UAA is $20.41, suggesting a 9.3% upside to its stock price.

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