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March 7, 2014
10:45 EDTFINL, FLFoot Locker rises after quarterly earnings beat expectations
Shares of shoe and apparel retailer Foot Locker (FL) are rising after the company reported fourth quarter earnings that beat the consensus estimate. WHAT'S NEW: Foot Locker reported fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share of 82c, which beat analysts' consensus expectation of 76c. The company reported fourth quarter revenue of $1.79B which beat the consensus estimate of $1.76B. Foot Locker also reported comparable store sales in the fourth quarter rose 5.3%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's earnings conference call, Foot Locker said comparable stores sales are up low double digits so far in the first quarter. Foot Locker is planning for a mid single digit same-store sales gain for FY14, including a mid single digit same-store gain in each quarter. The company expects its earnings per share to grow by a double-digit percentage during FY14, it added. The company says it has $371M left on its share repurchase program and says it was "active" in executing it during the end of 2013. Foot Locker expects its share count to continue decreasing as the program is executed. ANALYST OPINION: Following the company's report, analysts at Deutsche Bank raised their price target on Foot Locker shares to $48 from $45. Deutsche Bank noted the company's FY14 guidance was in-line with Street expectations, unlike most retailers, and the firm reiterated its Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: During mid-morning trading, shares of Foot Locker rose $2.70, or 6.32%, to $45.43. ANOTHER TO WATCH: Shares of another footwear retailer, Finish Line (FL), were up 2.8% to $28.29 in mid-morning trading.
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August 24, 2015
08:03 EDTFLFoot Locker price target raised to $83 from $72 at Baird
Baird raised its price target on Foot Locker to $83 from $72 and said the tough tape provides a good buying opportunity. The firm believes the company's raised guidance could be conservative, citing its recent comps momentum and reasonable valuation. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating on Foot Locker shares.
07:46 EDTFLFoot Locker under-earning businesses key to margins, says UBS
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August 21, 2015
14:57 EDTFLFoot Locker buy aggressively on market weakness, says Jefferies
Jefferies recommends buying Foot Locker aggressively on the market selloff. The firm expects upward revisions to earnings estimates and said strong cash flow power, disciplined capital allocation , and ongoing shareholder returns will support shares. Jefferies raised its price target on Foot Locker shares to $82 from $72 and reiterates its Buy rating.
09:41 EDTFLFoot Locker says core business 'strong'
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09:18 EDTFLFoot Locker says double digit EPS gains in Q3, Q4 'achievable'
Says forex negatively impacted margin by 20bps in Q2. Says overall traffic up "slightly" in Q2, international traffic was better than U.S. traffic. Says continuing to plan business "cautiously" for 2H. Says mid single digit comps remains "our mantra." Says with late start of back to school this year, believes there is a "good chance" for sales to be at strong end of mid single digits, both this quarter and in 2H. Says SSS month to date up mid single digits. Says double digit EPS gains in Q3, Q4 are "achievable" based on current sales trends. Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call.
07:02 EDTFLFoot Locker opened 21 new stores in Q2
During the second quarter, the company opened 21 new stores, remodeled or relocated 65 stores, and closed 21 stores. As of August 1, 2015, the Company operated 3,419 stores in 23 countries in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition, 48 franchised Foot Locker stores were operating in the Middle East and South Korea, as well as 27 franchised Runners Point and Sidestep stores in Germany and Switzerland.
07:01 EDTFLFoot Locker reports Q2 gross margin rate of 32.6%
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07:01 EDTFLFoot Locker reports Q2 comparable store sales up 9.6%
07:00 EDTFLFoot Locker reports Q2 EPS 84c, consensus 69c
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