Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) Stock Surges Despite Bankruptcy Risk

  • Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) stock is soaring 29% in early trading and trending on social media.
  • The company has warned that it may go bankrupt, and it is reportedly preparing for bankruptcy.
  • Retail investors may be trying to turn BBBY into the next stock that rallies after declaring bankruptcy.
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Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ:BBBY) stock is soaring 29% in early trading and trending on social media, even though the retail chain is widely expected to be headed for bankruptcy. Some retail investors may be trying to turn BBBY stock into the next name that rallies for a while after going belly up.

On Thursday, the troubled retailer disclosed that, based on its financial results and outlook, it has  “substantial doubt” about its ability to avoid bankruptcy. Its cash balance is low after the sales for its third quarter that ended in November sank more than 30% year-over-year. The firm noted that it could go bankrupt but added that it was looking to take steps to improve its balance sheet and is pursuing “all strategic alternatives.”

The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday night that the retailer was getting ready to  declare bankruptcy “within weeks.” However, the article also stated that such a scenario is not yet inevitable.

Meanwhile, a number of analysts expressed skepticism about Bed Bath & Beyond’s outlook. Global Data’s Neil Saunders stated, “The turnaround plan put in place last year is not working … Put bluntly the business is moving at rapid speed in the wrong direction with bankruptcy the most likely destination.” KeyBanc slashed its price target on BBBY stock to just 10 cents from $2.

BBBY Stock: Another Post-Bankruptcy “Winner?”

In recent years, a number of stocks, including Hertz (NASDAQ:HTZ) and Revlon (OTCMKTS:REVRQ), shot up for some time after the companies declared bankruptcy. Retail investors may be looking to trigger a similar phenomenon with BBBY stock.

Jan Rogers Kniffen, a retail expert, told Yahoo Finance that the company’s liquidation would hurt Bed Bath & Beyond’s competitors in the short term.

On the publication date, Larry Ramer did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the Publishing Guidelines.

Larry Ramer has conducted research and written articles on U.S. stocks for 15 years. He has been employed by The Fly and Israel’s largest business newspaper, Globes. Larry began writing columns for InvestorPlace in 2015. Among his highly successful, contrarian picks have been PLUG, XOM and solar stocks. You can reach him on Stocktwits at @larryramer.

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