Athletic apparel company Lululemon Athletica has experienced a surge in investor confidence this year. However, analysts tracking the company's stock are starting to express concerns about its future trajectory.
Lululemon's stock has witnessed a 43% increase this year, even in the face of household budget strains caused by inflation. The company's success in capturing the Chinese market, combined with its inclusion in the S&P 500, has contributed to this growth.
The real test lies in the upcoming third-quarter earnings report, scheduled for Thursday. Investors will closely examine the report's insights on sales trends and consumer health.
Leading up to the report, retail analyst Rick Patel from Raymond James downgraded his rating of Lululemon's stock from Strong Buy to Outperform on Tuesday. While both ratings indicate a bullish view, the Strong Buy rating suggests superior performance against the S&P 500 within the next six months to a year, whereas Outperform extends the timeline to 12-18 months.
The nuances in these ratings are less significant than the underlying rationale for the change in confidence. Patel stated that the downgrade reflects the recent rally in the stock, indicating that a portion of the potential price gains has already been factored in.
Patel's sentiment aligns with the thoughts shared by Wells Fargo analyst Ike Boruchow, who downgraded Lululemon shares from Overweight to Equal Weight in a note to clients on Monday. Boruchow believes that the factors driving his confidence in the stock have already played out.
Despite these downgrades, the majority of Wall Street investors maintain their bullish outlook on Lululemon. More than 70% of analysts rate the stock as a Buy, with seven suggesting holding and only two recommending selling, according to FactSet.
On Tuesday, Lulu shares experienced a slight decline of 0.5%, reaching $458.60, while the S&P saw a dip of 0.2%. Ultimately, investors will have the final say this week.
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