5 Stocks To Watch After The Market Closes Today - Wednesday, Dec. 7

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Lululemon (LULU): Investors have begun to write off the athleisure trends that lifted Lululemon for so many years. The stock has taken a beating in response to this perceived weakness in the space. Shares are down 14% in the past 6 months and historically drop 2% immediately following an earnings report. Analysts at Estimize expect the slowdown to continue with forecasted comparisons of a 25% increase on the bottom line and 13% on the top for tomorrow’s report. Lululemon’s new focus centered around geographic expansion and a heavier emphasis on its new men’s category should help negate some of the expected losses. But given LULU’s high price points and reluctance to discount in this challenging retail environment, a near term turnaround seems highly unlikely.

Costco (COST): Costco is one of the few retailers that still announces financials on a monthly basis, leaving quarterly reports less of a mystery. The biggest number typically released during these reports is membership growth. Investors were pleasantly surprised last quarter after memberships surpassed their tepid expectations. It was believed that Costco would lose members after switching its house credit card to Visa from Amex. As for financial performance, revenue for the fiscal first quarter came in 3% higher from a year earlier at $27.47 billion. Comparable store sales were steady at 1% and about 2% excluding impacts from gasoline prices and foreign exchange rates. These results are relatively in line with the past 3 quarters

H&R Block (HRB): HRB delivered negative growth in 3 of the past 4 quarters resulting in weak price movement immediately following each report. Shares have dropped about 33.5% this year in response to the string of weak reports with the upcoming expected to be more of the same.. Analysts at Estimize are forecasting a 32% decline on the bottom line combined with a 2% drop on the top. HRB faces a slew of litigation fees in connection with its operating activities that could push margins further below consensus estimates. Weak underlying fundamentals and unimpressive initiatives will continue to stress performance

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