Staples, Inc. (SPLS) : Earnings Whisper

Staples, Inc. (SPLS) is set to report earnings for the second quarter of 2015 on Aug. 19 before the opening bell. Wall Street analysts are on average expecting the office products store operator to post $4.95 billion in sales during the quarter. This would show a 6.60% decline from the 1Q’15 revenue of $5.3 billion and a decline of 4.80% from the same period in 2Q’14. EPS are expected to come in at $0.12 per share, same as last year. Meanwhile, reports a whisper number of $0.12 per share.

On valuation measures, Staples Inc. shares are priced at 95.50x this year’s forecasted earnings, compared to the industry’s 19.06x earnings multiple. The company’s current year and next year EPS growth estimates stand at (3.1%) and 3.20%, compared to the industry growth rates of 10.00% and 20.20%, respectively. SPLS has a t-12 price-to-sales ratio of 0.41. EPS for the same period registers at $0.15.

On trading measures, in the past 52 weeks, shares of the company have traded between a low of $10.82 and a high of $19.40 with the 50-day MA and 200-day MA located at $14.76 and $16.04 levels, respectively. Additionally, shares of SPLS trade at a P/E ratio of -10.77 and have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) and MACD indicator of 42.81 and -0.02, respectively.

The Framingham, Massachusetts-based company, which is currently valued at $9.12 billion, has a median Wall Street price target of $18.50 with a high target of $23.00. SPLS shares have declined 3.20% in the last 4 weeks and 13.02% in the past three months. Over the past 5 trading sessions the stock has lost 0.21%.

Staples Inc. is up 27.70% year-over-year, compared with a 6.08% gain in the S&P 500.

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