Consumer Sector Update for 07/28/2017: AAN,SAM,DEST

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Consumer stocks were sharply lower Friday, with shares of consumer staples companies in the S&P 500 dropping almost 1.1% while shares of consumer discretionary firms in the S&P 500 were posting a nearly 0.8% decline.

In company news, Aaron's ( AAN ) jumped out to a new, record high on Friday, topping out at $46.59 a share after the home furnishings and appliances retailer exceeded analyst projections with its Q2 financial results and raised its FY17 outlook above Street views.

Excluding one-time items, the company earned $0.68 per share during the April-to-June reporting period, improving on a $0.59 per share adjusted profit last year and beating the Capital IQ consensus by $0.10 per share. Net sales grew 3.3% over the same quarter last year and also surpassing the $786.1 million analyst mean.

For FY17, Aaron's increased its forecast for non-GAAP net income to a new range of $2.45 to $2.65 per share, up from its prior guidance expecting between $2.15 to $2.40 per share previously and topping estimates looking for $2.38 per share. Net sales also are now seen rising to between $3.33 billion to $3.44 billion compared with its prior view looking for $3.10 billion to $3.31 billion and exceeding the $3.22 billion consensus.

Aaron's today also said it has purchased all of the assets of its largest franchisee, SEI/Aaron's Inc, paying $140 million in cash. It sees the deal increasing its FY17 per-share earnings and adds 104 Aaron's-branded stores in 11 states with more than 90,000 customers last year.

In other sector news,

(+) SAM, (+16.5%) Q2 EPS of $2.35 cruises past Capital IQ consensus by $0.86 per share. Revenue rises 1.3% over same quarter last year to $247.9 mln, also tops the $222.7 mln consensus.

(-) DEST, (-41.5%) Terminates December 2016 merger agreement with Orchestra-Prmaman SA, which continues to own 1.92 mln Destination Maternity shares.

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Referenced Symbols: AAN , SAM , DEST

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