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ULTA

Ulta Beauty

$221.71

-1.39 (-0.62%)

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JPMorgan sees only 'modest pressure' for Ulta Beauty shares

JPMorgan analyst Christopher Horvers believes shares of Ulta Beauty will only see "modest pressure" today given that the company reported better than guided comps ex-hurricane in Q3 and provided an outlook for relatively improved merchandise margin performance. Further, management re-committed to 20%-plus earnings growth in 2018, Horvers tells investors in a post-earnings research note. He believes these "will likely stave off what could have been a tough day for the stock" given the 110 basis point decline in gross margin for Q3. The analyst keeps an Overweight rating on Ulta Beauty with a $270 price target. The shares in premarket trading are down 6% to $207.66.

ULTA Ulta Beauty
$221.71

-1.39 (-0.62%)

12/01/17
LOOP
12/01/17
NO CHANGE
Target $300
LOOP
Buy
Ulta Beauty margin decline largely hurricane related, says Loop Capital
Loop Capital analyst Anthony Chukumba kept his Buy rating and $300 price target on Ulta Beauty following Q3 earnings beat. Chukumba says the results were particularly impressive in light of the negative impact from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, adding that the gross margin decline was largely related to those events. The analyst also notes the 63% rise in e-commerce sales, adding some 370bps to the overall 10.3% rise in comps which accelerated 90bps from Q2 despite the inclement weather.
12/01/17
JEFF
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NO CHANGE
Target $140
JEFF
Buy
Ulta Beauty earnings report positive for Estee Lauder, says Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Stephanie Wissink says Ulta Beauty's (ULTA) Q3 earnings report last night had positive read-throughs for Estee Lauder (EL), as MAC and Clinique were cited as major contributors to the company's 10.3% reported comp. The reception to MAC in stores has been strong and Ulta hinted at further expansion in 2018, Wissink tells investors in a research note. The analyst keeps a Buy rating on Estee Lauder with a $140 price target.
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COWN
12/01/17
NO CHANGE
Target $246
COWN
Outperform
Ulta Beauty price target lowered to $246 from $336 at Cowen
Cowen analyst Oliver Chen lowered his price target on Ulta Beauty to $246 from $336 but he believes the company's business model remains intact. He believes the stock will be weaker over the next few days as the Street digests its lowered guidance, but he is maintaining his Outperform rating given his conviction that makeup softness is temporary and treatable, its customer loyalty and store format is sustainable, and its vendor relationships remain a competitive moat.
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MSCO
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NO CHANGE
Target $235
MSCO
Equal Weight
Ulta Beauty price target lowered to $235 after 'mixed bag' Q3 at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley analyst Simeon Gutman said Ulta Beauty offered a "mixed bag" in terms of its Q3 results, with in-line comparable sales growth but much weaker gross margins than it has had in some time. The analyst, who said competitive pressures seem to be intensifying, lowered his price target on Ulta to $235 from $245 and keeps an Equal Weight rating on the shares.

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