Select Comfort Expects 20% Sales Increase in Q4 and 4 Hot Stocks Changed Hands Today
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Select Comfort Corporation (NASDAQ:SCSS) retreats after it reports stronger Q3 results than expected and raised its full-year earnings per share guidance. According to the company, it believes that its sales will rise at least 20 percent during Q4. The company also claimed that it would accelerate investments in Q4. Select Comfort is accelerating its investments as an attempt to build brand awareness and advance product innovation, according to CEO Shelly Ibach. In a note to investors earlier this morning, Piper Jaffray analyst Peter Keith sated that weakness regarding the company’s stock after the results is due to its decision to accelerate its investments along with confusion regarding Q4 sales guidance and the amount of mattresses it sold. Keith believes that these concerns are “near-term noise,” and he keeps an Overweight rating and a $36 price target on the stock. In early trading, Select Comfort fell $2.39, or 7.32 percent, to $30.24, as mattress maker Tempur-Pedic (NYSE:TPX) fell 2.70 percent to $32.40.
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