E-COMMERCE STOCKS RIP AS TECH SLIDES ON DOWN DAY
Online lender Upstart Holdings, which uses education and employment instead of credit score for loans, nearly doubled today after announcing its acquisition of a leading automotive retail software player Prodigy Software. This acquisition will allow them to expand into automobile loans. $UPST rose 89.3% today. William-Sonoma has become the latest retailer to get a boost from e-commerce and online shopping. In the company’s Q4 earnings report, comparable brand revenue growth jumped 26%. Online shopping growth rose over 50%, helping the company beat Wall Street estimates. $WSM rose nearly 19%. Remember Google Glass? A quaint tech company called Vuzix is making them, but better -- and they popped 8.5% today thanks to recent earnings. $VUZI creates smart glasses for enterprise use in insurance, manufacturing, healthcare and security-facing companies. The company has run up over 181% since the start of 2021, bucking the broader trend with tech.
Williams-Sonoma operates as an omni-channel specialty retailer of various products for home.It offers cooking, dining, and entertaining products, such as cookware, tools, electrics, cutlery, tabletop and bar, outdoor, furniture, and a library of cookbooks under the Williams Sonoma brand, as well as home furnishings and decorative accessories under the Williams Sonoma Home brand; and furniture, bedding, bathroom accessories, rugs, curtains, lighting, tabletop, outdoor, and decorative accessories under the Pottery Barn brand.The company also provides home decor products under the West Elm brand; products designed for creating childhood memories by decorating nurseries, bedrooms, and play spaces where children could play, laugh, learn, and grow under the Pottery Barn Kids brand; and line of furniture, bedding, lighting, decorative accents, and others for teen bedrooms, dorm rooms, study spaces, and lounges under the Pottery Barn Teen brand.In addition, it offers a range of assortments of lighting, hardware, furniture, and home décor inspired by history under the Rejuvenation brand; and women's and men's accessories, small leather goods, jewelry, key item apparel, paper, entertaining and bar, home décor, and seasonal items under the Mark and Graham brand.The company markets its products through e-commerce websites, direct-mail catalogs, and retail stores. As of February 2, 2020, it operated 614 stores comprising 572 stores in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico; 20 stores in Canada; 19 stores in Australia; 3 stores in the United Kingdom; and 129 franchised stores, as well as e-commerce websites in various countries in the Middle East, the Philippines, Mexico, and South Korea.Williams-Sonoma, Inc. was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. (From: StockAnalysis.com)