Analyst Downgrades: Jabil Circuit, Inc., Williams-Sonoma, Inc., and Vivint Solar Inc

Analysts downwardly revised their ratings and price targets on Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE:JBL), Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM), and Vivint Solar Inc (NYSE:VSLR)

by Josh Selway

Published on Mar 17, 2016 at 9:58 AM

Analysts are weighing in on Apple supplier Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE:JBL), specialty retailer Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM), and solar energy stock Vivint Solar Inc (NYSE:VSLR). Here's a quick roundup of today's bearish brokerage notes on JBL, WSM, and VSLR.

  • JBL is down 11.8% at $19.33, after the company reported disappointing fiscal second-quarter profit and gave worse-than-expected full-year guidance -- with CEO Mark Mondello citing "reduced demand in mobility." B. Riley has since weighed in by lowering its price target to $26 from $30, while RBC, Deutsche Bank, and UBS all cut their price targets. The stock had been performing well on the charts, rallying off its year-to-date low of $18.09 from Jan. 20. There's plenty of pessimism in Jabil Circuit, Inc.'s options pits, though. Specifically, the stock's 10-day put/call volume ratio at the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX) comes in at 3.00 -- which tops 73% of all similar readings from the past 12 months. 
  • WSM has taken a 7.5% hit this morning to trade at $55.00, following the firm's lackluster fourth-quarter earnings and current-quarter outlook. Moreover, the company's Pottery Barn segment saw same-store sales fall by 2% during the quarter. Analysts are trimming their expectations fast, as no fewer than seven brokerage firms have cut their price targets, including reductions to $54 at Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, and RBC. Today's drop brings Williams-Sonoma, Inc.'s 12-month loss to 32%, and more pain could be in store. That's because seven analysts still call the stock a "strong buy." 
  • Deutsche Bank once again weighed in on VSLR last night, lowering its price target to $4 from $4.50. Goldman Sachs followed this up by reinstating coverage with a "sell" rating and a $3 price target -- which would mark an all-time low for the stock -- while Credit Suisse chimed in with a price-target cut to $6 from $16.50. The shares are down 5% today at $3.44, having now lost over 64% of their value in 2016. This is all fine and dandy for short sellers, though. Despite a 10.5% drop in short interest during the most recent reporting period, it'd still take bears almost four days to buy back all their shorted positions, going by average daily volumes. 
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