Pier 1 Imports, Inc.

  • Should you furnish your portfolio with this retailer?

    By Tushar Agarwal - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: BBBY, DEST, PIR

    Bed, Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ: BBBY) sells products like bed linens, bath items, kitchen textiles, home furnishings among various others. Some of these products like bed linens, baby products etc are such that people will buy them without considering the world economy. This is evident from the fact that the stock passed the recession scratch free trading around $30 in 2007 and $40 post recession.

    Investors have a reason to smile more »

  • A sneaky way to play the housing recovery.

    By Tushar Agarwal - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: BBBY, DEST, PIR

    The National Retail Federation forecasts the U.S. retail industry will rise 3.4% in 2013 whereas the housing sector will continue to improve on strong fundamentals for growth. The importance of the housing market cannot be underestimated; remember it was the burst of the housing bubble which led to the drastic fall of the financial system in 2008.

    The housing market is today in recovery mode as evidenced by more »

  • Don’t Take a Long Walk off a Short Pier

    By Dan Moskowitz - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: BBBY, PIR, WSM

    Pier 1 Imports (NYSE: PIR) has seen stock appreciation of approximately 240% over the past three years. It has outperformed both Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ: BBBY) and Williams-Sonoma (NYSE: WSM) over the same period, which have seen gains of approximately 99% and 137%, respectively. However, this doesn’t mean Pier 1 Imports is likely to be the best investment option going forward.

    The housing market

    Obviously, all these companies perform more »

  • Up 18% and Just Getting Started

    By Chad Henage - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BBBY, PIR, WSM

    Not many companies are able to fall significantly behind their competition when it comes to technology and still compete. In fact, most investors look for companies that are using technology to its fullest to stay ahead of their peers. With that being said, there is one retailer that seems clearly behind the times, and yet the stock could be a great value for investors. If you are looking to capitalize more »

  • Can This Retailer Continue Its Winning Streak?

    By Vladimir Zernov - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: PIR, RH, WSM

    Restoration Hardware (NYSE: RH) is having a wonderful year. Its stock is up 117%. It started its furious rise at the beginning of May, and most of its yearly gain was made since then. When you see a pace like this, a natural question comes to your mind: Is this sustainable?

    The home-furnishing retailer has taken advantage of the favorable market situation and posted good growth figures in its quarterly more »

  • Is This Housing-Related Play Still a Good Value?

    By Lee Samaha - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: BBBY, PIR, WSM

    With the housing market seemingly at the start of a multi-year recovery, the market has been keen to bid up any stock related to the sector. Usually this is for good reason, because the earnings outlook is improving for these companies. However, in the case of homeware retailer Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ: BBBY), I think the market is giving it the benefit of the doubt over the prospects for its more »

  • Restore Your Portfolio With This Company

    By Mark Yagalla - June 16, 2013 | Tickers: PIR, RH, WSM

    Restoration Hardware (NYSE: RH) is becoming the go-to store for high-end furnishings. The housing rebound is particularly strong in the luxury real estate market and those buyer's like Restoration Hardware's furniture and fixtures for the home. The company's style of early 20th century with a modern twist works well in the interior design of many different home styles.

    What's going on?

    For Restoration Hardware, this more »

  • One of the Few Remaining Bargains in Retail

    By Matthew Frankel - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: BBBY, PIR, XRT, TGT

    In the current bull market, much of the market is at or near 52-week highs, with many hitting record levels. The retail sector has done especially well in 2013, with increasing optimism about the employment situation in the U.S. as well as increased consumer confidence, which should lead to increased discretionary spending. As a result, the S&P Retail Index (NYSEMKT: XRT) is up over 25% since the beginning more »

  • 3 Stocks You Might Want to Buy

    By Ben Popkin - June 8, 2013 | Tickers: BBBY, PIR, WSM

    With the housing market on the rise, new home owners are looking to fill their new abodes with beds, lamps, hand towels, and other tasteful decorations. With this happening, home furnishing companies stand to see an increase in sales. When this is paired with good management and corporate strategy, good stocks can turn into great stocks and competitors can be left behind.

    Williams-Sonoma noma yay!

    Williams-Sonoma (NYSE: WSM) is a more »

  • Is This Home Furnisher Still a Good Value?

    By Lee Samaha - June 5, 2013 | Tickers: PIR, RH, WSM

    The housing sector remains a favored play amongst investors and Williams-Sonoma’s (NYSE: WSM) latest results highlight the attraction of the sector. The company is firing on all cylinders and benefiting from a number of growth drivers that are helping to push its stock to all-time highs. Is now the time to pile in or to start to take profits?

    Williams Sonoma confirms growth momentum

    I last looked at the more »

  • A Retail Play on the Improving Housing Market

    By Matthew Frankel - May 29, 2013 | Tickers: BBBY, PIR, TGT

    With over a thousand stores in the U.S. and Canada, Pier 1 Imports (NYSE: PIR) is the largest retailer of imported furnishings and home accessories. The company has done very well for itself, and has rebounded tremendously since the financial crisis. For those who don’t remember, for a while there it looked as if Pier 1 was almost certain to be a victim of the recession, with shares more »

  • The Housing Market Should Catapult These Retailers Higher

    By Robinson Roacho - May 21, 2013 | Tickers: LEN, MTH, PIR, WSM

    An improving housing market should catapult retailers to higher altitudes. The housing market has been picking up recently, and new furniture is needed as home sales increase. For this reason, furniture-retail companies could provide capital appreciation to their investors. Two retail companies have released their quarterly earnings results, and since the housing market seems to be growing, these two companies should continue to rally in the future.

    Housing market outlook more »

  • Plenty of Growth Drivers for This Housing Play

    By Lee Samaha - May 20, 2013 | Tickers: BBBY, PIR, RH, WSM

    It’s been a pretty good earnings season for the home furnishings industry, and Restoration Hardware (NYSE: RH) continued the good cheer by upgrading its Q1 guidance only a few weeks after reporting an impressive set of full year results.

    The company has a number of positive drivers behind it. It marries a recovering housing market with the spending power of the high-end consumer and a collection of ongoing operational more »

  • Stocks Poised To Benefit From Rising Consumer Sentiment

    By Jacob Wolinsky - May 17, 2013 | Tickers: HVT, PIR, WSM

    Look around and you will see positive developments about the U.S. economy. According to a poll of investors, analysts and traders conducted by Bloomberg, 69 percent of respondents expressed confidence that the U.S. economy will continue to expand until at least 2015. Survey results may be a bit too bullish as these include respondents who are usually ahead of the curve, nevertheless it says a lot about the more »

  • There's Still Value in These Shares

    By Ted Cooper - May 14, 2013 | Tickers: BBBY, PIR, WSM

    The holy grail of business is to own a company that has a durable competitive advantage. Having a durable competitive advantage almost assures success no matter what challenges the economy or competitive environment bring in the short term.

    Unfortunately, most companies do not have the luxury of having a durable competitive advantage. Therefore, these companies must strive to become the lowest-cost producer in the industry in order to have any more »

  • Home Furnishing Stocks are Cheap in a Hot Housing Market

    By Jordan Wathen - May 1, 2013 | Tickers: BBBY, PIR

    Home sales data couldn't be much better than it is right now.

    The number of pending home sales reached a 3-year high, with home sales in March coming in 7% higher than the year ago period.

    Homebuilders are on a tear on the news, but the best plays are on the fringe. Home furnishing stocks deserve a look given their inexpensive valuations.

    Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ: BBBY)

    A go-to more »

  • Time to Buy This Value Stock?

    By Lee Samaha - April 18, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BBBY, PIR, WSM

    Investing in stocks is a bit like a visit to an auction. Some people enjoy paying a premium for what is in fashion so they can sell it on to someone more excitable than themselves, others enjoy buying a quality item at a reasonable price, and there are those that enjoy buying anything because it’s cheap.

    And then there are those who kind of think something is fashionable, the more »

  • Debunking 3 Myths About This Retailer

    By Chad Henage - April 17, 2013 | Tickers: BBBY, PIR, TGT, WSM

    It's all too easy to buy into certain myths about companies. Years ago investors were being told that certain companies were “one decision stocks.” Companies like Avon, Polaroid, and Xerox, were part of this group that supposedly couldn't lose. Right before the dot.com bubble burst in 2000, investors were being told the P/E ratio didn't matter and that Internet companies would grow for years to more »

  • Debunking 3 Myths About This Retailer

    By Chad Henage - April 17, 2013 | Tickers: BBBY, PIR, TGT, WSM

    It's all too easy to buy into certain myths about companies. Years ago investors were being told that certain companies were “one decision stocks.” Companies like Avon, Polaroid, and Xerox, were part of this group that supposedly couldn't lose. Right before the dot.com bubble burst in 2000, investors were being told the P/E ratio didn't matter and that Internet companies would grow for years to more »

  • Where Are These Housing Plays Headed?

    By Lee Samaha - April 17, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, JWN, PIR, WFC

    Pier 1 Imports (NYSE: PIR) delivered yet another strong quarter of results that highlighted its status as one of the ‘go to’ plays for a housing recovery in the States. It is not that the US mass consumer is in particularly good shape right now, but there are a few sweet spots (housing and autos) seeing relative strength. In addition they tend to be coming off a low base so more »

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