Why Hanesbrands Shares Popped


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What: Shares of intimate apparel company Hanesbrands (NYS: HBI) shot higher by as much as 11% after the company reported a smaller loss than Wall Street had expected.

So what: The maker of the Hanes, Playtex, and Champion brands reported a first-quarter loss of $0.27 per share on a 3% drop in revenue to $1.01 billion. The company's EPS results slid by Wall Street's expectations for a loss of $0.33 on sales of $1 billion and were even better than Hanesbrands' original forecast that it would lose $0.35. Hanesbrands continued to blame cotton inflation for its poor results but maintained that the worst has been priced in and a turnaround is under way. The company held firm on its full-year forecast at $2.50-$2.60 in EPS.

Now what: Hanesbrands is an apparel maker I happen to actually like, but I'm concerned by how much cotton inflation has hit the stock despite only a marginal rally in cotton prices. The company does seem on target to hit its sales and earnings goals for the remainder of the year, so I'll let this quarter's loss slide (for now), but consider Hanesbrands on watch if it's unable to pass higher costs onto consumers.

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