Five Below stock price target cut to $105 from $130 at UBS

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Five Below’s stock tumbles after profit, sales warning as holiday sales disappoint

Shares of Five Below Inc. plummeted 18% toward a one-year low in premarket trading Monday, after the discount retailer warned of a fourth-quarter profit and sales shortfall, citing disappointing holiday-period sales. The company said it now expects fourth-quarter earnings per share of $1.93 to $1.96, compared with the FactSet consensus of $2.02. The company expects net sales of $685 million to $688 million, below the FactSet consensus of $729 million, and same-store sales of down 2.0% to down 2.5%, compared with expectations of a 2.8% rise. Same-store sales for the holiday period, between Nov. 3 through Jan. 4, fell 2.6%. “While our comparable sales during key holiday selling periods were positive, they were not strong enough to overcome the headwind of six fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and overall sales did not meet our expectations,” said Chief Executive Joel Anderson. The stock has lost 6.9% over the past three months through Friday, while the SPDR S&P Retail ETF has gained 6.2% and the S&P 500 has advanced 9.9%.

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