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Fly News Breaks for August 22, 2019
Aug 22, 2019 | 09:32 EDT
JPMorgan analyst Mark Strouse notes that Shark's website includes a soon-to-be-released robotic vacuum cleaner that includes many of the same features as iRobot's Roomba i7 series, at a significantly lower price. While the analyst awaits initial customer reviews of the new product, he believes the offering may weigh on sentiment for iRobot somewhat. Strouse believes it is likely the new product will be available in time for the key holiday season, presenting potential risk to iRobot's market share in the U.S. The analyst has a Neutral rating on iRobot's shares.
News For IRBT From the Last 2 Days
Oct 16, 2019 | 06:54 EDT
JPMorgan analyst Mark Strouse lowered his price target for iRobot (IRBT) to $69 from $83 and keeps a Neutral rating on the shares ahead of the company's Q3 results. The analyst expects "some quarter-to-quarter noise" in the second half of 2019 related to timing of Amazon (AMZN) orders, which he notes are expected to be unseasonably tilted towards Q4 owing to tariffs. In addition, initial reviews for the competing high-end Shark RVC are mostly positive, which may lead to share loss for iRobot during the key holiday season, Strouse tells investors in a pre-earnings research note. While iRobot has sued Shark for patent infringement, the analyst does not expect a decision prior to year-end, "meaning that holiday sales may still be at risk."