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Urban Outfitters shares slump as fashion misses cause uncertainty

Urban Outfitters Inc. stock slumped nearly 10% in Wednesday trading as analysts express concern that fashion misses will continue to weigh on results. “Our sales have started out the quarter below our first-quarter trend and internal expectations,” said Francis Conforti, Urban Outfitters’ chief financial officer, on the call, according to a FactSet transcript. Chief Executive Richard Hayne said issues for May-to-date were due, in part, to product miscalculations. “I believe all brand teams currently have excellent clarity on what the customer is looking for and should be able to execute on that knowledge,” he said. “If this assumption is correct, total retail segment comps should improve as the quarter progresses.” But for Wells Fargo, that wasn’t enough. “The results are clearly disappointing, but what is even more worrisome is the fact that Urban Outfitters was hopeful for mid-single digit 2019 comps just six months ago, and now after a slow start to 1Q they are hopeful for inflection in 2Q (where trends appear to actually be worsening). It creates very limited visibility for investors,” analysts led by Ike Boruchow wrote. Wells Fargo rates Urban Outfitters shares market perform with a $28 price target, down $2. Instinet analysts also cut their price target to $28 from $32, but maintained their neutral stock rating. Urban Outfitters’ portfolio includes the namesake brand, Anthropologie and Free People. The company just announced a clothing rental service, Nuuly. Urban Outfitters stock has taken a 26.7% tumble while the S&P 500 index has gained 14% for the period.

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