I put WD-40 up there almost with water and air, meaning it’s something we take for granted, but can’t live without it. It has infinite uses, from cleaning cleaning tiles, to softening leather, to free struck legos, to getting rid of rust, is the real utility knife. Just look at the more than 2000 uses of WD-40.
WD-40’s stock had its best day in more than six years Wednesday after it said customers stockpiled the product ahead of a price increase.
The chemical manufacturer reported third quarter-earnings late Tuesday that beat expectations. Sales rose 7% to $114 million for the quarter, which the company said was bolstered by especially strong North American sales as customers stocked up on their grease and cleaning products. The company’s shares were up 8.6% Wednesday.
WD-40 (WDFC) CEO Garry Ridge said in a release that its North American customers were “buying high volumes of product in advance of our planned price increases in the region.” WD-40 announced it was hiking prices a year ago. It hiked prices predominantly because of rising commodity prices, although steel and aluminum tariffs had raised its canning costs somewhat as well.
Ridge said on a call with analysts that the company doesn’t expect any additional price increases this year. He said that it has felt “some residual impact of tariffs,” but the price increase for its can are “somewhat coincident with the timing of tariffs.”
Despite the bump up in price this week, the levels in play and to monitor are the $150 level on the downside and the $188 level on the upside.
This post is my personal opinion. I’m not a financial advisor, this isn’t financial advise. Do your own research before making investment decisions.
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