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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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March 27, 2015
09:16 EDTFINLFinish Line says 'committed' to active share buyback program
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09:10 EDTFINLFinish Line sees continued pressures in 1H that will pressure EPS 'to a degree'
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09:03 EDTFINLFinish Line sees headwinds to product margins in 1H
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09:01 EDTFINLFinish Line sees Macy's business generating $240M-$250M in FY sales
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08:56 EDTFINLFinish Line says Macy's partnership on the way to exceeding long-term vision
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07:08 EDTFINLFinish Line board authorizes 5M share repurchase plan
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07:07 EDTFINLFinish Line sees FY15 EPS growth in low-single to mid-single digit range
FY15 EPS consensus $1.66. Company expects FY15 comparable store sales up in low single to mid single digit range.
07:05 EDTFINLFinish Line reports Q4 adjusted EPS 88c, consensus 85c
Reports Q4 revenue $551.35M, consensus $550.34M. Reports Q4 Finish Line comparable store sales increased 2.6%.
March 26, 2015
15:20 EDTFINLNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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March 25, 2015
13:23 EDTFINLFinish Line volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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10:00 EDTFINLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AB InBev (BUD) downgraded to Reduce from Overweight at HSBC... BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... DiamondRock (DRH) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at SunTrust... Ethan Allen (ETH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli... Felcor Lodging (FCH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Finish Line (FINL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Hannover Re (HVRRY) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Hersha Hospitality (HT) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at SunTrust... Host Hotels (HST) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at SunTrust... ING Groep (ING) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Informatica (INFA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Kofax (KFX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... LRR Energy (LRE) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at SunTrust... Munich Re (MURGY) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Orbital ATK (OA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... PCTEL, Inc. (PCTI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Quest Diagnostics (DGX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... SJW Corp. (SJW) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Selective Insurance (SIGI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Sonus (SONS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Starwood (HOT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Synchrony Financial (SYF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Tesla (TSLA) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Pivotal Research... ZAGG (ZAGG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... iDreamSky (DSKY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
08:48 EDTFINLFinish Line downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley
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06:18 EDTFINLFinish Line downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley
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March 24, 2015
11:05 EDTFLFoot Locker management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in Los Angeles on March 27 hosted by Jefferies.
March 17, 2015
10:42 EDTFLFoot Locker management to meet with Sterne Agee
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07:30 EDTFLFoot Locker analyst day highlighted growth strategies, says UBS
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06:13 EDTFLFoot Locker analyst day removes uncertainty, says Citigroup
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06:04 EDTFLFoot Locker to exit Lady Foot Locker business slowly, TheStreet says
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March 16, 2015
17:04 EDTFLFoot Locker announces updated strategic priorities
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17:02 EDTFLFoot Locker raises long term financial objectives
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