Why Are These Stocks Deep in Red Territory Today?

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Most U.S stocks are wobbling up and down without any clear direction today, as the latest round of records from the Federal Open Market Committee’s meeting minutes have brought more confusion rather than clarity regarding a potential rate hike in December. There are, however, several stocks that have not followed the overall trend and are deep in red territory this afternoon. Let’s find out why investors are pushing Kirkland’s, Inc. (NASDAQ:KIRK), Stage Stores Inc (NYSE:SSI), Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE:BBY) and Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) lower today.

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Kirkland’s, Inc. (NASDAQ:KIRK)’s latest quarterly report has piled more misery onto its shareholders, as shares tumbled by more than 30% in the first hours of trading today. The U.S retailer of home decor and gifts posted a third quarter loss of $0.04 per share, adjusted for pretax gains, down from earnings of $0.07 per share a year ago and below estimates of a $0.04 profit per share. Although revenues increased by more than 10% to $129.2 million, they were still below analysts’ consensus of $131 million. Kirkland’s also revised downward its fourth quarter guidance, reducing revenue estimates to $197 million-to-$200 million from previous projections of $200.1 million, while earnings are now expected to range between $0.88 and $0.95 per share, down from previous estimates of $1.11 per share.

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Only 11 top funds in our database reported a stake in Kirkland’s, Inc. (NASDAQ:KIRK) as of the end of September, down from 15 as of the end of the second quarter. Their combined holdings amounted to 12.5% of the company’s common stock. Brett Hendrickson further reduced his investment in the company during the third quarter, leaving his fund, Nokomis Capital, with roughly 700,000 shares valued at $15 million. Clifford Fox also reduced his exposure, cutting his stake by 5% to 475,369 shares by the end of September.

Stage Stores Inc (NYSE:SSI) is another victim of a poor earnings report. Shares have tanked by as much as 25% today after the department store’s latest financial figures missed analysts’ estimates. Revenue came in at $351 million, below the consensus of $361 million, while its earnings loss widened to $0.29 per share, worse than Wall Street’s expectations of a loss of $0.19 per share. Stage Stores’ shares are down by 66% so far this year and have been in a clear downtrend since April 2013.

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Chuck Royce is still bullish on Stage Stores Inc (NYSE:SSI), having boosted his stake by 76% during the third quarter. In its latest 13F filing, Royce & Associates reported ownership of 237,100 shares valued at $2.33 million. Steven Cohen is also keeping tabs on the stock, having initiated a position during the quarter of 210,100 shares worth $2.06 million. In general, hedge funds are not crazy about Stage Stores, with only 12 funds invested in the stock at the end of the third quarter, together holding just 2.8% of its outstanding shares.

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