Wall Street Week Ahead Earnings: Dick’s Sporting, Campbell Soup and Oracle in Focus

Investors have been rattled by geopolitical tensions over the Russia-Ukraine crisis, which has caused the global stock market to suffer. The S&P 500 plunged into correction territory.

If this tension continues for long, analysts fear that it will be harder for the U.S. Federal Reserve to raise rates after this month’s hike. Due to this, investors sought safe-haven assets and U.S. Treasury yields fell as tensions between Ukraine and Russia increased.

In addition, investors will focus on December quarter earnings for stocks that are economically sensitive, which should show better profits than technology stocks amid surging inflation.

Earnings By Day

Earnings Calendar For The Week Of March 7

Monday (March 7)

TICKER COMPANY EPS FORECAST
CIEN Ciena $0.36
CLAR Clarus $0.31
EGRX Eagle Pharmaceuticals $0.41
SQSP Squarespace $-0.03
VET Vermilion Energy $0.57

 

Tuesday (March 8)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: DICK’S SPORTING

The sporting goods retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods is expected to deliver earnings per share of $2.75 in the holiday quarter, which represents year-over-year growth of over 13% from $2.43 per share seen in the same period a year ago.

The Coraopolis Pennsylvania-based company would post revenue growth of more than 5% to $3.29 billion from $3.13 billion a year earlier. The company has beaten consensus earnings estimates in most of the quarters in the last two years, at least.

Dick’s Sporting Goods (DKS) is in a favourable position given its category dominance, industry tailwinds, and healthy balance sheet. Its outlook within the category is likely to be even stronger post-COVID-19. We see a positive risk/reward skew based on our view the earnings power of the business is underappreciated. Key drivers include merchandise margin expansion and capital return (buybacks). We think there is upside for the stock without underwriting a higher valuation multiple as a result,” noted Simeon Gutman, equity analyst at Morgan Stanley.

“The stock’s multiple has not broken out like it has for other retailers in our space which should emerge stronger post-COVID-19. The potential for multiple expansion adds optionality/upside to the bull case.”

A list of other earnings reports mentionable

COMPANY EPS FORECAST
ABM ABM Industries $0.82
BMBL Bumble $-0.02
WOOF Petco Health & Wellness $0.23
VTNR Vertex Energy $0.09

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Wednesday (March 9)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: CAMPBELL SOUP

The Camden, New Jersey-based soups and snacks maker Campbell Soup is expected to report earnings per share of $0.78 in the fiscal second quarter, which represents a year-over-year decline of over 7% from $0.84 per share seen in the same period a year ago.

Analysts expect that easing COVID-19 curbs and consumers eating out more would affect the company’s processed food sales. Campbell’s revenue was forecast to decline nearly 3% to $2.21 billion. However, it is worth noting that the maker of canned soup has beaten consensus earnings estimates in most of the quarters in the last two years, at least.

“High exposure to secularly challenged soup category: Shelf-stable soup (26.5% of sales) faces headwinds given shifts in preferences toward better-for-you and fresh foods, competition from private label, and pricing pressure. Snacking brands are well-positioned, but face competitive pressures: Milano, Goldfish, Farmhouse, and Snyder’s-Lance have strong brand equity, but face high competition from PEP and MDLZ,” noted Pamela Kaufman, equity analyst at Morgan Stanley.

“Significant organizational changes over last two years refocused the company and show promise: Divesting non-core businesses and new leadership refreshes the company’s strategic plan, allowing the company to focus on its key segments and geographies.”

A list of other earnings reports mentionable

TICKER COMPANY EPS FORECAST
CPB Campbell Soup $0.78
EXPR Express $0.08
KFY Korn Ferry $1.48
LCUT Lifetime Brands $0.46
REVG REV Group $0.09
THO Thor Industries $2.91

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Thursday (March 10)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: ORACLE

The world’s largest database management company, Oracle, is expected to report earnings per share of $1.0 in the fiscal third quarter, which represents a year-over-year decline of nearly 3% from $1.03 per share seen in the same period a year ago.

The Austin, Texas-based computer technology corporation would post revenue growth of more than 4% to $10.5 billion from $10.1 billion a year earlier. The company has beaten consensus earnings estimates in most of the quarters in the last two years, at least.

“A preliminary look at a potential Oracle + Cerner Pro-forma model suggests modest EPS accretion by CY23, assuming Oracle shifts capital allocation priorities and halts the torrid pace of buybacks. Our illustrative analysis shows leverage exiting CY23 at 3.2x, assuming a deal at 32% cash/68% debt,” noted Keith Weiss, equity analyst at Morgan Stanley.

In December, several equity analysts raised their price targets after the database management company beat earnings estimates for the fiscal second quarter and forecasts profit and revenue above expectations for the ongoing quarter.

The company expects to earn $1.19 to $1.23 per share in the fiscal third quarter, higher than the Wall Street consensus estimates of $1.16. Revenue is expected to be $10.7 billion to $10.9 billion, above expectations of $10.56 billion, Reuters reported.

Oracle’s current low valuation at ~18x CY22e EPS reflects its slower growth rate compared to peers. Despite potential opportunities within existing database customers and cloud-based ERP applications, offsets from waning businesses mean 2021 likely lacks the catalysts for the positive inflection in revenue growth investors would need to see to drive multiples higher. With management guiding to mid-single-digit CC revenue growth in a software sector filled with strong secular growth stories, and operating margins declining in FY22 due to heightened investment in Cloud, we remain Equal-weight while our price target moves up to $87,” Weiss added.

A list of other earnings reports mentionable

TICKER COMPANY EPS FORECAST
GCO Genesco $2.53
JD JD.com $0.14
LZ LegalZoom.com $-0.09
MLNK MeridianLink $-0.02
PSTL Postal Realty Trust $0.23

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Friday (March 11)

TICKER COMPANY EPS FORECAST
BKE Buckle $1.29
GENI Genius Sports $-0.23
PLXP PLx Pharma $-0.69
SPNE SeaSpine Holdings $-0.33

 

Earnings Week Ahead: AutoZone, Campbell Soup, Lululemon and Broadcom in Focus

Earnings Calendar For The Week Of December 6

Monday (December 6)

Ticker Company EPS Forecast
SAIC Science Applications International $1.49
MDB MongoDB Inc -$0.38

 

Tuesday (December 7)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: AUTOZONE

The Memphis, Tennessee-based auto parts retailer AutoZone is expected to report earnings per share of $20.78 in the fiscal first quarter, which represents year-over-year growth of about 12% from $18.61 per share seen in the same period a year ago.

The company, which is a major retailer and distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories, is on track to beat earnings per share estimates again after having beaten it for 12 consecutive quarters. The company is expected to post revenue growth of about 6% to $3.33 billion.

The company is expected to earn $97.73 per share and generate $14.81 billion in revenue for the entire fiscal year, according to Zacks Research. These results demonstrate increases of 2.67 % and 1.22 % over last year, respectively.

“We see AutoZone (AZO) as a high-quality retailer with the ability to compound earnings/FCF growth over time. While not immune to a tougher macro backdrop (fewer miles driven), we believe AZO is best positioned through any recession given its leading exposure to the more defensive DIY segment (~80% of sales),” noted Simeon Gutman, equity analyst at Morgan Stanley.

“In addition, its DIFM growth was accelerating pre-COVID-19 and we think it can gain more share in that segment going forward. In our view, ongoing share gains coupled with solid expense management should allow AZO to overcome headwinds from less driving in the near- to medium-term. These advantages seem priced in currently.”

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Ticker Company EPS Forecast
AZO AutoZone $20.71
AHT Ashtead Group £0.62
S Sprint -$0.18
TOL Toll Brothers $2.48
CASY Casey’s General Stores $2.79
HRB H&R Block -$0.94

 

Wednesday (December 8)

Ticker Company EPS Forecast
UNFI United Natural Foods $0.58
KFY Korn Ferry International $1.37
THO Thor Industries $2.70
RH Restoration Hardware $6.62
GEF Greif $1.47
GME GameStop -$0.52
CPB Campbell Soup $0.81

 

Thursday (December 9)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: LULULEMON ATHLETICA, BROADCOM

LULULEMON: The Vancouver-based healthy lifestyle-inspired athletic retailer is expected to report its fiscal third-quarter earnings of $1.40 per share, which represents year-over-year growth of over 20% from $1.16 per share seen in the same period a year ago.

The apparel retailer would post year-over-year sales growth of about 28% to $1.43 billion. In the last two years, the company has beaten earnings per share (EPS) estimates most of the time.

Sales are expected to be $1.4-$1.43 billion in the third quarter of fiscal 2021, representing a two-year CAGR of 24-25%. The gross margin is expected to increase 50-100bps compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2019. The company expects adjusted earnings to be between $1.33 and $1.38 per share, compared with $1.16 in the prior-year quarter and 96 cents in the third quarter of fiscal 2019, according to ZACKS Research.

Net revenues are expected to reach $6.19-$6.26 billion for fiscal 2021 compared with $5.83-$5.91 billion earlier. Earnings per share will be $7.38-$7.48 versus $6.73-$6.86 previously mentioned.

Lululemon Athletica (LULU) is a long-term topline grower, supported by compelling secular tailwinds (e.g., performance/athleisure focus), a market share gain opportunity, & credible future revenue driver (e.g., international expansion, digital growth, & product innovation/expansion into new categories). The company’s recent MIRROR acquisition offers both revenue & profitability upside, as reflected in our bull case,” noted Kimberly Greenberger, equity analyst at Morgan Stanley.

LULU dominates the NA athletic yoga apparel category due to its unique brand positioning & fashionable products. Covid accelerated consumers health & wellness focus & fashion casualization, both of which should benefit LULU.”

BROADCOM: The chipmaker and software infrastructure supplier is expected to report its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $7.74 per share, which represents year-over-year growth of over 21% from $6.35 per share seen in the same period a year ago. The semiconductor manufacturer would post revenue growth of nearly 14% to $7.35 billion.

TAKE A LOOK AT OUR EARNINGS CALENDAR FOR THE FULL RELEASES FOR THE DECEMBER 9

Ticker Company EPS Forecast
SMDS Ds Smith £16.10
FIZZ National Beverage $0.50
HRL Hormel Foods $0.50
CIEN Ciena $0.86
ORCL Oracle $1.11
LULU Lululemon Athletica $1.40
AVGO Broadcom Inc $7.74
MTN Vail Resorts -$3.66
COST Costco Wholesale $2.57

 

Friday (December 10)

No major earnings are scheduled for release.

Ciena Shares Are Ramping With This Signal

So, what’s Big Money? That’s when a stock goes up in price alongside chunky volumes. It’s indicative of institutions betting on the shares.

Smart money managers are always looking for the next hot stock. And Ciena has many fundamental qualities that are attractive.

This sets up well for the stock going forward. But how the stock trades is what points to more upside. As I’ll show you, the Big Money has been consistent in the shares for years.

You see, fund managers are always looking to bet on the next outlier stocks…the best in class. They spend countless hours sizing up companies, reading reports, speaking to analysts…you name it. When they find a company firing on all cylinders, they pounce in a big way.

That’s why I’ve learned how critical it is to gauge Big Money demand for shares. To show you what I mean, have a look at all of the big money signals CIEN has made the last year.

The last few days has seen Big Money activity, too. Each green bar signals big trading volumes as the stock ramped in price:

Source: www.mapsignals.com, End of day data sourced by Tiingo.com

In 2021 alone, CIEN made 3 of these rare signals. This came after a big selloff late last year. Generally speaking, that means more upside is ahead.

Now, let’s check out a few technicals grabbing my attention:

  • YTD outperformance vs. market (+.15% vs. SPY)
  • YTD outperformance vs. technology ETF (+5.57% vs. XLK)

Outperformance is huge for leading stocks.

Marrying great fundamentals with technically superior stocks is a winning recipe over the long-term.

In fact, Ciena Corp. has been a top-rated stock at my research firm, MAPsignals, multiple times the last few years. That means the stock has buy pressure, strong technicals, and growing fundamentals. We have a ranking process that showcases stocks like this on a weekly basis.

CIEN has been a constant Big Money favorite since 2018. And since its first appearance on this report, it’s up +125%:

Source: www.mapsignals.com, End of day data sourced from Tiingo.com

Let’s tie this all together.

Ciena Corp. continues to fire on all cylinders technically alongside growing sales. With many high-quality growth stocks beginning to breakout with Big Money, I like the long-term story of the stock.

The Bottom Line

The CIEN rally likely has further upside. Big money buying in the shares is signaling to take notice. Shares could be positioned for a bounce soon. Given the historical gains in share price and strong fundamentals, this stock could be worth a spot in a growth-oriented portfolio.

Disclosure: the author holds no position in CIEN at the time of publication.

Learn more about the MAPsignals process here.

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