Peloton’s Pandemic Boom Is Over

The end of the stay-at-home trend.

Steven Lerner
Steven Lerner

Today is Friday, August 27, 2021

Peloton’s Pandemic Boom Is Over

Shares of exercise machine company Peloton (Nasdaq: PTON) suffered a 6% price drop in after-hours trading Thursday after posting earnings and guidance that disappointed investors.

Numbers: Peloton reported a loss of $1.05 per share, worse than the projected losses of about $0.45 per share.

What Happened: After Peloton was forced to recall its treadmill products in the quarter and could no longer sell them, revenue growth dropped.

Flashback: Peloton was the darling stock of the stay-at-home trend during the pandemic. As sales grew, the stock price soared 395% in 2020.

Future: To add insult to injury, the company is experiencing higher costs and lowered its future guidance. It also slashed the prices of its exercise bike.

Look on the Bright Side: With lower prices, Peloton could attract more customers.

Final Thoughts: This won’t be the only stay-at-home stock that will have problems adapting to the reopening of the economy.


Notable Earnings Today: Big Lots (Big), Hibbett Sports (HIBB).

Notable IPOs Today: SeqLL Inc. Common stock (Nasdaq: SQL), Bragg Gaming Group Inc. Common Shares (Nasdaq: BRAG), Sono-Tek Corporation Common Stock (Nasdaq: SOTK), Nexters Inc. Ordinary Shares (Nasdaq: GDEV).

Notable Equity Crowdfunding Campaigns Ending Today: Blue Gold Works (Wefunder), ASK Education (NetCapital), Jetson (StartEngine)

Notable Economic Events Today: Personal Income and Personal Spending (8:30 a.m.), Fed Chair Jerome Powell speaks (10:00 a.m.), U.S. Baker Hughes Oil Rig Count (1:00 p.m.)

Altria Cranks Up Dividend

Tobacco company Altria Group (NYSE: MO) upped its quarterly dividend Thursday by 4.7% from $0.86 to $0.90 per share, resulting in an annual dividend rate of $3.60 per share, which is a yield of 7.4%.

Why it Happened: Altria raised its dividend to return more cash to its shareholders.

Numbers: After a terrible 2020, Altria’s stock has already soared over 19% in 2021.

Recent History: Last month, Altria beat profit and revenue expectations as net income reached $1.16 per share.

What Experts Say: A few weeks ago, an analyst from Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) suggested that Phillip Morris International (NYSE: PM) could buy Altria.

Final Thoughts: Altria also owns a stake in e-cigarette company Juul Labs, which has seen its valuation slip since last year.

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Investing in a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC), which is a shell company that takes acquires a private company and takes it public, can be beneficial but it carries some risk.

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Nice ROI: Republic Reports Exit in Just Two Months Following Crowdfunding Round (Crowdfund Insider)

iChange: In major policy change, Apple will allow developers to email customers about alternatives to App Store billing (CNBC)

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