Analyst Sentiment Split Following LULU Earnings

The firm upped its full-year revenue guidance

Deputy Editor
Jun 4, 2021 at 10:31 AM
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Lululemon Athletica Inc (NASDAQ:LULU) reported first-quarter profits of $1.16 per share last night, easily topping Wall Street's estimates of 91 cents per share, while its revenue of $1.23 billion came in line with analysts' forecasts. The company also lifted its full-year revenue forecast, citing high demand for workout clothing as many took to at-home workouts and comfortable clothing during the pandemic. Despite easing lockdown restrictions and gyms reopening, the company anticipates sustained demand for its workout wear. 

The quarterly report has garnered plenty of interest from the brokerage bunch, though not all of it is positive. Four analysts lifted their price targets, including Barclays to $418 from $401, while three slashed their price estimates. The lowest came from B. Riley all the way to $370. 

Sentiment heading into today was decidedly bullish, though. Fifteen called LULU a "buy" or better, while seven said "hold." Meanwhile, the 12-month consensus price target of $386.57 is a 20.8% premium to last night's close. 

The stock is  up 1.2% at $321.08 this morning, recovering from yesterday's pullback from the $330 level. The 320-day moving average has helped provide support for LULU since March, though the equity is still off roughly 8% year-to-date. 

Options volume is already ramped up, with 7,049 calls and 6,098 puts across the tape -- nine times the intraday average. The most popular position is the 6/4 345-strike call, followed by the 370-strike call in the same series. 

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