Is Lululemon Athletica eyeing a Santa Claus rally to the April highs?
With a monthly gain of 14.64%, Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) could be looking to end the year strong. The stock has lost by a similar margin in the last one year, with the recoveries giving hope of a potential Santa Claus rally. The quarter results will tell if LULU maintains the uptrend for a potential return to $386 or finish at $410.
Trading at $371 after a slight correction, investors await with enthusiasm Lululemon’s quarter results on December 08. Wall Street has earmarked earnings per share of $1.95 in the quarter, a year-over-year increase of 20.4%. The company is expected to record revenues of $1.8 billion or £1.47 billion, an increase of 24.4%. Will Lululemon surprise with positive retail news?
Lululemon has notoriously exceeded earnings estimates in its previous four quarters. For the last quarter, the company posted a surprise 18.28% increase in earnings to $2.20. The EPS exceeded estimates of $1.86 per share. A repeat of this earnings trend could attract buyers to the apparel stock. Investors will also be looking for post-earnings guidance as key triggers for the next price level of LULU.
LULU slides ahead of earnings after a bullish monthCopy link to section
On the technical outlook, LULU has slid after hitting resistance at $386. The RSI comes from the overbought level, meaning buyers are taking profits after a bullish month.
The level to watch as the earnings linger is $366. If earnings come strong and guidance excites, this could be an important reversal zone. The level also coincides with the 20-day moving average and ascending trendline.
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What you should do ahead of earningsCopy link to section
We recommend buying LULU after the earnings report. Keep an eye on the entry of buyers at $366 if the results are exciting. $386 would remain the immediate target. However, LULU can ride to $410 on the current momentum.
Conversely, if the earnings disappoint, LULU could slide to find support at $340.