- Bed Bath & Beyond shares moved higher after Baird upgraded the stock to Outperform with a $20.00 price target.
- The analyst believes that the stock could be a compelling turnaround play following its cost-cutting efforts and an economic rebound.
- The stock has more room to run on a technical level, but short interest remains high, suggesting some skepticism among investors.
Baird upgraded Bed Bath & Beyond shares and raised its price target, saying that channel checks suggest sales have stabilized following a rough patch. Analyst Peter Benedict is "intrigued" by the company's turnaround potential and sees a material recovery in EBITDA over the next few years. While the stock has 58% short interest, the analyst feels that it's "worth taking a shot" with the retailer's shares.
The move comes amid restructuring and cost-cutting efforts at the corporate level. In August, the retailer said that it would eliminate 2,800 jobs as part of a restructuring plan to cut costs and streamline its operations. The cuts would reduce management layers at both corporate headquarters and retail stores with the goal of delivering $150 million in pretax savings.
Restructuring is an action taken by a company to significantly modify the financial and operational aspects of the company, usually when the business is facing financial pressures. Restructuring is a type of corporate action taken that involves significantly modifying the debt, operations, or structure of a company as a way of limiting financial harm and improving the business.
From a technical standpoint, the stock briefly tested fresh highs before giving up some ground later in Thursday's session. The relative strength index (RSI) remains in neutral territory with a reading of 64.17, but the moving average convergence divergence (MACD) recently experienced a bullish crossover. These indicators suggest that the stock could have more room to run before experiencing consolidation.
Traders should watch for a move toward trendline resistance at around $14.30 before experiencing some consolidation within its price channel. Key support levels stand at $12.30, while a breakout could lead to a retest of the 200-day moving average at $10.33. If the stock breaks out, traders could see a move to retest prior highs of around $17.80.
The Bottom Line
Bed Bath & Beyond may have struggled over the past few quarters, but Baird analysts see a potential turnaround. Despite high short interest in the stock, shares have continued to move higher and could see a further move toward trendline resistance before consolidation.
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