Snap Stock Hits Lowest Price Ever; Buffalo Wild Wing Shares Under Pressure

Buffalo Wild Wings was hit with bearish brokerage attention after disappointing earnings

Jul 27, 2017 at 10:50 AM
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Analysts are weighing in on Snapchat parent Snap Inc (NYSE:SNAP), restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:BWLD), and grocery stock Sprouts Farmers Market Inc (NASDAQ:SFM). Here's a quick roundup of today's bearish brokerage notes on shares of SNAP, BWLD, and SFM.

Snap Stock Hits New Low After FTSE Russell Exclusion, Twitter Earnings

Summit Redstone cut its price target on SNAP shares to $10 from $17 -- in uncharted territory. This follows news that the FTSE Russell will exclude Snap from trading on its index due to the company's denial of voting rights for shareholders. And while a sharp earnings-related sell-off for Twitter stock helped send Snap stock to a record low of $13.14 out of the gate, the shares have since swung up 2.8% to trade at $13.75.

Nevertheless, SNAP stock is still off more than 19% below its March 2 IPO price of $17, amid heavy selling pressure from shorts. Although short interest fell to 4% in the most recent reporting period, it still accounts for 36.6% of the stock's float.  

BWLD Stock Slapped With Price-Target Cuts After Earnings

No fewer than 10 brokerage firms lowered their price targets on Buffalo Wild Wings after the company reported weaker-than-expected second-quarter profit and revenue. Among them, Credit Suisse cut its BWLD target to $120 from $150, Morgan Stanley to $123 from $150, and Jefferies to $125 from $160. BWLD stock is trading 10.4% lower at $109.50 -- fresh off a nearly four-year low of $106.65 -- down more than 29% year-to-date. 

BWLD options traders were skeptical ahead of earnings. The stock's Schaeffer's put/call open interest ratio (SOIR) of 1.42, sits in the 77th percentile 12-month range, suggesting near-term options traders are more put-biased than usual. 

Jefferies Downgrades SFM Stock Ahead of Earnings

Jefferies lowered its rating on SFM shares to "hold" from "buy." Last seen trading down nearly 0.7% at $24.28, Sprouts still maintains a year-to-date lead of 28% -- with a sharp mid-June bounce off its 200-day moving average helping the stock fill an Amazon-induced bear gap from earlier that month. As such, most analysts following the stock carry a "buy" or "strong buy" rating. Looking ahead, Sprouts Farmers Market is due to report second-quarter earnings one week from today.


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