Coffee purveyor Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) operates 6,705 company-owned stores and 4,082 licensed stores in the U.S. and 2,326 company-owned stores and 3,890 licensed stores in Canada, the U.K., China, Germany, Thailand and elsewhere internationally. It also provides various coffee and tea products, and licenses its trademarks through other channels including grocery stores and national food-service accounts.
Starbucks has been on a caffeine high lately, moving up from $46 to around $62 this year, a nearly 35% increase. Roughly 7% of this move has come in the past three days, with the stock now very overbought at nearly 90 on a nine-day relative strength index (RSI).
SBUX now carries a very hefty price-earnings ratio of 36, with a forward P/E of nearly 26. Dunkin Brands (NASDAQ:DNKN), a recent IPO, carries a forward multiple of just 22 for a smaller, faster-growing company.
I feel the exuberance over the single-coffee brewers, as well as China and India growth prospects, is more than reflected in SBUX share price. With the economy weakening and oil prices still high, SBUX should begin to feel a slowdown, especially given the discretionary nature of its business.
I look for SBUX to move back to the $57 level by July expiration.
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As of this writing, Tim Biggam does not own any shares mentioned here.