Is Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:SWHC) a buy following the stock’s drop today after the company announced disappointing guidance for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2016? Shares were down by 3.9% earlier this morning, but have begun to rebound and are now down by a little over 1% on the day. The weapons manufacturer actually reported strong quarterly results for the final quarter of its fiscal 2015 year, which ended on April 30, 2015. Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation reported a net income of $21.9 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, on revenues of $181 million. Analysts were expecting earnings of $0.35 per diluted share on revenues of $175 million. Today, RBC Capital Markets upgraded its rating on the company’s stock to ‘Outperform’, with an increased price target of $21 per share from previously being $16 per share. Analyst Steven Cahall cited confidence in the company’s performance in the latest reported quarter and a guidance for the current quarter that shows recovery for the topline. However, Smith & Wesson Holding Corp (NASDAQ:SWHC) also released lower-than-expected guidance between $0.21 to $0.23 earnings per share on revenues between $140 million and $145 million for it fiscal first quarter of 2016. Consensus expectation is at $0.28 earnings per share from revenues of over $147 million.
Nevertheless, it should be noted that according to the Insider Monkey database, hedge funds were crazy about Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:SWHC) in the first quarter of 2015. The firm was in 19 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of March. Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund sentiment recently. There were just 11 hedge funds in our database with SWHC holdings at the end of the previous quarter.
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In the case of insider sentiment for Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ:SWHC), we see some insiders cashing in by selling shares. Jeffrey Buchanan, executive vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer, sold 5,000 shares in May. Director Michael Golden sold 100,000 shares, also in May.
Taking all of these factors into consideration, we’ll examine recent hedge fund activity regarding Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:SWHC).