Earnings Lessons Amidst a Macro-Driven Market
Men's Wearhouse (MW)
After reporting a disappointing quarter last Wednesday after the close, Men's Wearhouse's stock dropped 18 percent. On Thursday, Cramer offered a mea culpa outlining the quarterly miss.
Ultimately, this promotional suit retailer is a name that should have been avoided into earnings, given the dismal jobs number we got the previous Friday. A decline in suit sales along with a decline in the sales at K&G, the company’s off-price brand, reflects some of the macro concerns we reflected by the labor report. Men’s Wearhouse’s shift to a younger customer base with more sportswear (a more risky business) along with competitive pressures introduce additional question marks.
What to do now?
When a stock misses this significantly with no real comments addressing the situation, it gets placed in the penalty box for at least one quarter to show it can turn itself around. Men’s Wearhouse defends that they like the way they look? Well, they didn’t guarantee it. This name is in show-me mode.
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