Bed Bath & Beyond stock (NASDAQ: BBBY), a home goods retailer, experienced around a 3% fall over the last week (five trading days) to levels of near $29 currently. The specialty retailer’s overall sales base is contracting and profits are being pressured by its restructuring plan (unloading of Christmas Tree Shops and World Market Stores segments) that also includes a costly shift toward omnichannel retailing. While BBBY’s revenues in Q1 increased at existing stores for four consecutive quarters, adding confidence to BBBY’s rebound plan, the company still has a long way to go before it can claim to be on a sustainable growth plan.
But will BBBY’s stock see higher levels over the coming weeks, or is a decline in the stock imminent? According to the Trefis Machine Learning Engine, which identifies trends in a company’s historical stock price, returns for BBBY stock average around 2.2% in the next one-month (twenty-one trading days) period after experiencing a 3.1% decline in a week. But how would these numbers change if you are interested in holding BBBY stock for a shorter or a longer time period? You can test the answer and many other combinations on the Trefis Machine Learning Engine to test BBBY stock chances of a rise after a fall. You can test the chance of recovery over different time intervals of a quarter, month, or even just one day!
MACHINE LEARNING ENGINE – try it yourself:
IF BBBY stock moved by -5% over five trading days, THEN over the next twenty-one trading days, BBBY stock moves an average of 2.7%, with a 49% probability of a positive return over this period.
Some Fun Scenarios, FAQs & Making Sense of BBBY Stock Movements:
Question 1: Is the average return for BBBY stock higher after a drop?
Answer: Consider two situations,
Case 1: BBBY stock drops by -5% or more in a week
Case 2: BBBY stock rises by 5% or more in a week
Is the average return for BBBY stock higher over the subsequent month after Case 1 or Case 2?
BBBY stock fares better after Case 2, with an average return of 2.7% over the next month (twenty-one trading days) under Case 1 (where the stock has just suffered a 5% loss over the previous week), versus, an average return of 3.6% for Case 2.
In comparison, the S&P 500 has an average return of 3.1% over the next twenty-one trading days under Case 1, and an average return of just 0.5% for Case 2 as detailed in our dashboard that details the average return for the S&P 500 after a fall or rise.
Try the Trefis machine learning engine above to see for yourself how BBBY stock is likely to behave after any specific gain or loss over a period.
Question 2: Does patience pay?
Answer: If you buy and hold BBBY stock, the expectation is over time the near-term fluctuations will cancel out, and the long-term positive trend will favor you – at least if the company is otherwise strong.
Overall, according to data and Trefis machine learning engine’s calculations, patience absolutely pays for most stocks!
For BBBY stock, the returns over the next N days after a -5% change over the last five trading days is detailed in the table below, along with the returns for the S&P500:
You can try the engine to see what this table looks like for BBBY after a larger loss over the last week, month, or quarter.
Question 3: What about the average return after a rise if you wait for a while?
Answer: The average return after a rise is understandably lower than after a fall as detailed in the previous question. Interestingly, though, if a stock has gained over the last few days, you would do better to avoid short-term bets for most stocks – although BBBY stock appears to be an exception to this general observation.
BBBY’s returns over the next N days after a 5% change over the last five trading days are detailed in the table below, along with the returns for the S&P500:
It’s pretty powerful to test the trend for yourself for BBBY stock by changing the inputs in the charts above.
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