Good Day for Consumer Discretionary Sector; Rent-A-Center Rallies After $0.02 Q1 EPS Beat

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Consumer stocks were mostly higher Tuesday with shares of consumer staples companies in the S&P 500 rising just 0.1% while shares of consumer discretionary firms in the S&P 500 were up nearly 1.2% in late trade.

In company news, Rent-A-Center ( RCII ) shares were ending sharply higher Tuesday after reporting adjusted Q1 earnings that beat analyst projections and forecast FY14 per-share earnings that also topped Wall Street expectations.

The rent-to-own retailer of home furnishings and consumer electronics posted Q1 earnings of $0.57 per share, ex items, beating the Capital IQ consensus by $0.02 per share. Revenue rose 1.7% year over year to $833 million, narrowly trailing the Street view by $7.77 million.

Looking forward, RCII sees FY14 EPS of $2.30 to $2.50, excluding non-recurring items, topping analyst estimates by at least $0.01 per share. Revenue is seen rising 3% to 6% year over prior-year levels, or around $3.197 billion to $3.29 billion, in-line with the $3.25 billion consensus estimate.

RCII shares were up 12.5% at $28.99 each shortly before the closing bell, earlier climbing as much as 16% during today's session. The stock has a $23.65 to $40.80 a share, falling 16.7% over the past year after missing analyst projections during both of the last two quarters.

In other sector news,

(+) NFLX, Q1 adjusted earnings of $0.86 per share top estimates by $0.04. Revenue climbs 24.0% year over year to $1.27, matching consensus. Projected Q2 EPs of $1.12, ex items, beats by $0.13 per share.

(-) ALSN, Funds affiliated with Carlyle Group ( CG ) and Onex Corp (OCX.TO) sell a combined 25 mln shares of the company's common stock, paring their collective stake to 23% if underwriters exercise options to buy 3.75 mln additional shares.



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