H&R Block, Inc. (HRB), Lululemon Athletica inc. (LULU): Three Hedge Fund Favorites With Upcoming Reports

Competitor Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ:INTU) reported earnings on May 21 after citing a “tough tax season” which caused the company to lower its earnings and revenue guidance. Analysts originally expected that Intuit’s TurboTax would take market share from H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB), however all indications point to stiff resistance from Intuit’s smaller competitor.

H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB) has a market capitalization of $7.8 billion, while Intuit has a market cap of more than $17 billion.

Hedge funds remain bullish on H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB) ahead of the earnings release. According to the most recent insider data, Steve Mandel’s Lone Pine Capital maintains a 2.48% ownership in the tax preparation company.

Yoga apparel and athleticwear

Reports on Monday, June 10 after market close; EPS $0.30 / Revenue $341.2M

Widely-owned among the hedge fund community, Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) is perceived as one of the best growth stock opportunities in the market today.

The company gained publicity in March when it announced its Luon yoga pants were too sheer, forcing a recall on three styles of pants that had been sold. Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) has now re-introduced two of the styles to the delight of customers and news media alike. Analysts are applauding the response of Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) to the incident — while initially viewed as a negative development Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) leveraged the opportunity as free advertising and gained new customers in the process.

For upcoming first quarter results, Wall Street channel checks indicate that Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) is likely to meet or exceed the high end of guidance. A number of investment firms have raised their price target on the stock ahead of earnings. Analysts at UBS raised their target to $90 from a previous $77, while Canaccord Genuity raised their target to $92 from a previous $87.

Foolish takeaway

While the jury remains out if hedge funds can outperform the market in the post-modern era, readers can benefit by studying the actions of large funds and riding on their coattails.

In particular, Annie’s, H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB), and Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) appear well-positioned ahead of upcoming reports. I believe all three stocks will move higher for the rest of 2013.

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