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Embattled retailer Pier 1 (NYSE:PIR) is set to report earnings later this week, and the report could not be of more importance for shareholders. The stock has continued to get hammered in the last several quarters, and going into the report is trading for just four bucks. This represents a tremendous loss of value for shareholders against just a year and a half ago, and it is fair to say that expectations for PIR are very low. However, history has told us that just because PIR has low expectations that doesn’t necessarily mean an upside surprise. Here’s what I’ll be looking at when the company reports on Wednesday.

what is an investment: Select Medical Holdings Corporation(SEM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Overvalued companies include MWI Veterinary (MWIV) andStericycle (SRCL), while companies with attractive valuations include Cardinal Health (CAH), Selected Medical (SEM). He’s not a fan of Intrexon (XON) but callsAratana (PETX) a “hidden gem.”

what is an investment: L Brands, Inc.(LB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    L Brands Inc. (NYSE: LB) is set to release its most recent quarterly results Wednesday as well. The consensus forecast calls for $0.29 in EPS and $2.57 billion in revenue. Shares were recently trading at $49.55. The consensus price target is $45.12, and the 52-week range is $35.00 to $75.50.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    L Brands (LB) ended at the bottom of the S&P 500 on Thursday, after disappointing guidance overshadowed better-than-expected earnings.

    L Brands slid $9.19, or 15.8%, to $48.94, its lowest close since 2013. By contrast, the S&P 500 gained 0.99 points, or 0.04%, today to 2363.81.

    Oppenheimers Anna Andreeva and Samantha Lanman reiterated an Outperform rating and $75 price target on the stock, but admit that the magnitude of L Brands downward forecast was disappointing, even with weak industry trends signaled by peers like Wal-Mart (WMT), Macys (M), and TJX Cos. (TJX).

    While they still are bullish, they admit that the bottom isnt clear:

    In the last 5 years, LB’s multiple averaged in high-teens given quality of brands/management, with 13-14x trough not seen since early ’13valuation could still compress assuming guidance isn’t conservative enough. Sticking with Outperform for now, albeit near-term visibility is worsening.

    L Brands is down 25% this year.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was L Brands, Inc. (NYSE: LB) which jumped about 11% to $47.85. The stocks 52-week range is $43.04 to $87.16. Volume was 13.9 million which is above the daily average of around 4.2 million shares.

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    J.C. Penney and Nordstrom should report holiday sales in the coming days, but there’s evidence elsewhere that it was a weak season for bricks-and-mortar retailers. Shares of Victoria’s Secret parentL Brands(NYSE: LB) were down 9% after it said comparable sales fell 1% in December and that it expects fourth-quarter earnings to come in at the low end of its previously stated guidance of $1.85-$2.00.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    On Thursday's edition of PreMarket Prep, we're discussing earnings from Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT), Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) and L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB). Plus Nelson Peltz's battle with Proctor & Gamble Co (NYSE: PG) and the biggest ratings changes of the day. 

what is an investment: CenturyLink, Inc.(CTL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) dropped about 7.8% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $17.07 after closing at $18.51 on Friday. The 52-week high is $30.39. Volume was around 21 million, about double the daily average of around 11 million. The company’s $34 billion acquisition of Level 3 Communications received FCC approval, but the company was hit with a charge of securities fraud.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    CenturyLink Ink. (NYSE: CTL) dropped about 8.3% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $14.06 after closing at $15.33 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $27.61. Volume of around 14 million was less than 10% above the daily average. The telecom company declared a quarterly dividend of $0.54 per share payable next month. The dividend yield on the stock is now over 14%, a level that always makes investors nervous. Shares are on track to close the day up nearly 3% on the dividend announcement.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) dropped about 3.4% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $13.16 after closing at $13.62 on Monday. The 52-week high is $27.61. Volume was around 14 million, less than 10% above the daily average of around 13 million. The telecom company had no specific news.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Very strong results across the board for Dycom, with spending from its top customers only further accelerating. We’re not surprised that FQ3 guidance came in slightly ahead of expectations, as many investors had viewed their initial guidance as conservative. We are encouraged to see organic growth re-accelerating in FQ4 to the mid-teens, with its acquired Goodman asset contributing $15MM of expected revenue (up from $13.4MM in FQ2). Dycom also procured new customer awards in the quarter from AT&T (T), Comcast (CMCSA), CenturyLink (CTL) and Windstream Holdings (WIN) to support further growth. Dycom also repurchased $25MM of shares during FQ2 and authorized an additional $75MM over the next 18 months, giving Dycom $150MM of incremental repurchase authorization through August 2018

what is an investment: Insmed, Inc.(INSM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ: INSM) shares shot up 113 percent to $26.15 following the announcement of positive top-line results from its Phase 3 Convert study of ALIS in adult patients with treatment-refractory nontuberculous Mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease..

what is an investment: LivaNova PLC(LIVN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested small cap medical technology stock LivaNova PLC (NASDAQ: LIVN):

    From a fundamental perspective, LIVN currently offers investors with a potentially nice opportunity on both a short and long-term basis. With a $2.37B market cap, this pure mid-cap play currently trades at a forward P/E of just over 14 and a five year PEG of just 1.15. The Company is also projected to grow their bottom line from this year to next by as much as 14%

what is an investment: Las Vegas Sands Corp.(LVS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    According to Deutsche Bank analyst Carlo Santarelli, news that Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) may be selling its Sands Bethlehem resort to MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) could be a win-win-win for Sands, MGM and MGM Growth Properties LLC (NYSE: MGP).

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    The firm has a Market-Perform rating on the China unit of Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS).

    All four stocks are up between 3.8 and 11.2 percent in the past month.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    But Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS) may not have had as strong a quarter as competitors like Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd (NASDAQ:MPEL) and Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN). We’ll have to wait until the latter two report earnings to see how market share is trending, but Las Vegas Sands left a lot to be desired from a growth perspective.

  • [By Rich Duprey]

    The big casinos certainly want to spend big. Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS) says a new integrated resort in Japan will cost anywhere from $6 billion to $10 billion, two to three times more than it spent on building its brand new French-themed Parisian resort in Macau. MGM Resorts (NYSE:MGM) says it, too, could spend $10 billion for a new casino in Japan, quadruple the cost of its MGM Cotai that’s scheduled to open later this year. Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN) hasn’t put a price tag on it yet, though it spent over $4 billion to open the Palace in Macau last August, but CEO Steve Wynn says the opportunity is “thoroughly delicious.”

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Las Vegas Sands (LVS) has declined 1.1% to $58.60 despite beating earnings forecasts.

    O’Reilly Automotive (ORLY) has fallen 2.7% to $257.99 after missing earnings forecasts and lowering full-year guidance.

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