-Hated stock; years of poor results, negative s/s sales; appears a victim of Amazon

-Still popular brand; activists and new CEO instilling new retailing culture; lots of value

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-Bad news discounted; cost cuts, store closings, modern approach could double price

In decades covering Wall Street, I don’t think I’ve seen a stock as hated as Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), the beleaguered home goods retailer—except for Best Buy (BBY). That’s relevant, as I’ll show below. To call it a dog stock would be an insult to canines the world over. Yet hated stocks are particularly interesting when the problem has been mainly unimaginative management, but especially where the short position is over 50% of the float, as in BBBY.  If the shorts are wrong the stock could rise substantially.

BBBY stores and brands are well known. In a recent Yougov survey it was the eighth most popular specialty retailer, ahead of CVS and Ikea. Many investors know this $1.7 billion market cap retailer has struggled mightily for years, missing EPS expectations quarter after quarter and posting continual negative same-store sales (-6.7% in the second quarter ended August). Consequently, the stock price has plunged to a low of $7.40 recently from $80 in 2015. It’s rebounded to $13.60 wh...

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