Why Ulta Beauty's Shares Popped

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What: Shares of beauty products retailer Ulta Beauty (Nasdaq: ULTA  ) jumped 10% today after the company released a strong earnings report.

So what: Ulta reported first-quarter sales of $474.1 million and earnings per share of $0.54. Both results were slightly above expectations, which were $473.9 million in revenue and earnings per share of $0.53.

Now what: Oppenheimer reiterated an outperform rating and increased its price target to $100, helping drive the stock today, but I'm not sure what analysts are seeing here. Results were barely better than estimates, and the stock still trades at 30 times forward earnings estimates. I'd like to see a lot more growth or a lot better value before jumping into this stock.

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  • Report this Comment On June 06, 2012, at 3:24 PM, Awebb30 wrote:

    Ulta also raised guidance and upped the target number of stores they intend to open from 1000 to 1200.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2012, at 1:57 AM, Realexpectations wrote:

    Came out 2-4 weeks ago raising guidance from like .48 to .53. Fact that they still beat their own raised guidance in only short amount of time, is why it gets the attention it should.

    p/e means nothing when your paying for future growth, everyone knows that.

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