Amazon's Big Profit Miss; Plus, A Starbucks Shocker

Mattel is at a new seven-year low after second-quarter profit and revenue missed estimates

Jul 28, 2017 at 10:28 AM
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Analysts are weighing in on e-tailer, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), toymaker Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT), and coffee stock Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX). Here's a quick roundup of today's bearish brokerage notes on shares of AMZN, MAT, and SBUX.

Amazon Shares Drop After Big Profit Miss

Wall Street was quick to weigh in on Amazon after the e-tailer said second-quarter profit slumped 77%, with the adjusted per-share earnings of 40 cents falling well short of the $1.42 per share analysts were expecting -- though revenue rose more than forecast. While at least four brokerages raised their price targets, including Jefferies to $1,250, Morgan Stanley lowered its AMZN target to $1,150 from $1,200.

Against this backdrop, AMZN stock is down 3.3% at $1,011.34 -- roughly $20 billion in market cap, last seen around $482.56 billion -- retreating from yesterday's record high of $1,083.31, and paring its year-to-date gain to 34.9%. This post-earnings dip isn't all that surprising, though, considering how much optimism was priced into Amazon shares ahead of the event. Plus, its 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) closed last night at 67, on the cusp of overbought territory.

Earnings Send Mattel Stock to New Low 

MAT stock hit a seven-year low of $19.26 earlier, last seen down 9.2% at $19.35. Weighing on the shares is Mattel's wider-than-expected second-quarter loss and revenue miss, which drew price-target cuts from Jefferies (to $17), D.A. Davidson (to $22), and SunTrust Robinson (to $22).

This negative price action is nothing new for MAT shares, which have shed 29.7% year-to-date. Short sellers have been contributing to the selling pressure lately, too. Although MAT is short-sale restricted today, short interest jumped 32.6% in the two most recent reporting periods to 27.19 million shares.

Starbucks to Shutter Teavana Stores

SBUX shares have gapped down 7.2% to trade at $55.05 -- on track to close south of their 40-week moving average for the first time since March 17 -- after the coffee giant lowered its current-quarter earnings guidance and said it is shuttering all of its Teavana stores.

No fewer than seven brokerages cut their price targets on SBUX, including Credit Suisse to $56 from $57. Though Starbucks stock is maintaining a foothold north of its year-to-date breakeven mark, the shares are certainly at risk of additional bearish brokerage notes. Currently, 16 of the 19 analysts covering the shares maintain a "buy" or better rating, without a single "sell" in the books.

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