Top Consumer Stocks
Consumer stocks were broadly higher in Thursday trading, with shares of consumer staples companies in the S&P 500 rising over 1.0% while shares of consumer discretionary firms in the S&P 500 were climbing more than 0.4%.
Among consumer stocks moving on news:
+ Aaron's ( AAN ) climbed to within 23 cents of its all-time high on Thursday, rising 19% to an intra-day high of $47.99 a share, after the appliance and furniture leasing company topped analyst projections with its Q4 financial results and issued an above-consensus forecast for FY18 revenue. Excluding one-time items, the company earned $0.65 per share, building on an adjusted profit of $0.50 per share during the same quarter last year and beating the Capital IQ consensus call by $0.09 per share. Revenue increased to $884.6 million from $795 million last year, also exceeding the $871.1 million analyst consensus. Looking forward, Aaron's is projecting FY18 adjusted net income in a range of $3.20 to $3.50 per share on between $3.68 billion to $3.89 billion in revenue. That compares with the Street view looking for $3.20 per share and $3.67 billion in revenue.
In other sector news:
+ US Foods ( USFD ) rose Thursday after reporting adjusted Q4 net income and revenue exceeding analsyt estimates. Excluding one-time items, it earned $0.44 per share on $6.0 billion in revenue. Analysts, on average, were modelling for an adjusted Q4 profit of $0.43 per share on $5.92 billion in revenue. The company is expecting revenue to grow between 3% to 4% to an implied revenue range of $24.87 billion to $25.12 bilion, straddling the $25.06 billion Street view.
- Treehouse Foods ( THS ) tumbled Thurday, sinking to its lowest price since November 2009 at $36.35 a share, after the food and beverage company issued Q1 and FY18 projections for adjusted net income lagging analyst expectations. Excluding one-time items, the company is expecting adjusted Q1 net income in a range of $0.10 to $0.20 per share, missing the Capital IQ consensus by at least $0.33 per share. It also sees FY18 adjusted net income of between $2.00 to $2.40 per share, trailing the Street view by at least $0.36 per share. For its Q4 ended Dec. 31, Treehouse earned $1.02 per share, excluding one-time items, on $1.70 billion in net sales. Analysts, on average, were expecting the company to post adjusted net income of $0.93 per share on $1.70 billion in sales.