"We would like to see more thought put into [a] more aggressive store closure strategy" at Best Buy Corp., says Janney Capital Markets analyst David Strasser, after watching Best Buy shares sink below $29, down from $48 last Spring, on disappointing sales and a build-up of unsold personal computers and other inventory.
"But even if they did plan on closing stores, they would do that well before making it public. It would only serve to scare vendors, landlords and employees" to announce closings are on the way, Strasser adds.
Yet Strasser says investors have overreacted, and clients should buy, not sell, the stock at current prices: "The company is moving in the right direction" by investing in smart phones, tablet computers, and electronic commerce, as personal computer sales and profits fall.
Things at Best Buy looks worse to bond analyst Carol Levenson at Gimme Credit. "Sales slumped badly" as "television sales continue to plunge," and "higher mobile phone and tablet sales were not enough to offset the decline in notebook computers," she told clients in a note, citing figures for the Christmas season and since.