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Best Buy Co., Inc. (BBY): What Do You Need To Know?

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On Tuesday, Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) will release its latest quarterly results. The key to making smart investment decisions on stocks reporting earnings is to anticipate how they’ll do before they announce results, leaving you fully prepared to respond quickly to whatever inevitable surprises arise. That way, you’ll be less likely to make an uninformed knee-jerk reaction to news that turns out to be exactly the wrong move.

Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) has struggled for years under the weight of competitive pressures from online retailers, as the electronics retailer has been one of the primary victims of the showrooming trend whereby shoppers go to a store to see items that they then buy elsewhere online for less. Yet more recently, the company has shown signs of turning its fortunes around. Let’s take an early look at what’s been happening with Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) over the past quarter and what we’re likely to see in its quarterly report.

Stats on Best Buy

Analyst EPS Estimate $0.25
Change From Year-Ago EPS (65%)
Revenue Estimate $10.64 billion
Change From Year-Ago Revenue (8.3%)
Earnings Beats in Past 4 Quarters 2

Source: Yahoo! Finance.

Will Best Buy keep moving forward this quarter?
Analysts have had mixed views on Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY)’s earnings prospects recently, as they’ve cut their estimates for the just-ended quarter by $0.20 per share but modestly raised their full-year fiscal 2014 and 2015 estimates. The stock has squarely focused on long-term potential for the company, as shares have soared 80% since mid-February.

Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY)

Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY)’s actions over the past quarter have contributed toward CEO Hubert Joly’s “Renew Blue” turnaround strategy, under which the company is looking to improve its customer service, boost its presence in e-commerce, and cut its overhead. For instance, Best Buy’s decision to match prices of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and other online retailers as well as retail-store competitors is geared not only toward getting people to buy more in-store purchases but also at driving customers toward seeing Best Buy’s website as a low-price alternative.

One big initiative announced in early April involves smartphone giant Samsung using the store-within-store format at 1,400 Best Buy locations. For Samsung, the move is clearly an attempt to put together some form of competition against Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and its huge retail presence through its highly successful Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Stores, yet without the massive capital expenditure that would be necessary to establish its own independent store network.

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