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May 23, 2014
12:14 EDTDKS, HIBB, FINL, FLFoot Locker jumps after earnings beat expectations
Shares of shoe and apparel retailer Foot Locker (FL) are higher after the company reported first quarter earnings which surpassed analyst's consensus expectation. WHAT'S NEW: Foot Locker reported first quarter adjusted earnings per share of $1.11, which beat a consensus forecast of $1.06. The company reported first quarter revenue of $1.87B, which also exceeded the $1.79B consensus view. Foot Locker said that comparable store sales rose 7.6% in the first quarter. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's earnings conference call, Foot Locker reiterated a "strong" outlook for the remainder of FY14. The company said that its comparable store sales as of yesterday were up mid-single digits in May, adding that it still sees quarter comps up mid-single digits. Weather in Europe during the first quarter proved to be warmer compared to the prior year, which the company noted had a positive influence on its running business, but a negative impact on its fleece business. The retailer's women's business has had a positive low-digit comp so far this month and overall, it sees its running division to have "strong and powerful" sales going into the summer and the back-to-school seasons. ANALYST OPINION: Three days ago, Sterne Agee recommended purchasing Hibbett Sports (HIBB) and Foot Locker on weakness linked to Dicks Sporting Goods' (DKS) latest quarterly results. Hibbett Sports reported on its first quarter results today as well, turning in EPS of $1.09 that matched analyst's expectation on revenue that was slightly lower than the consensus forecast. The company noted that its quarter sales to-date so far have been slow due to a shift in shoe launches, but added that a "pretty good-sized launch" is scheduled for tomorrow and that management is "very positive" that the company will have a "good second quarter." OTHERS TO WATCH: Another rival to Foot Locker that also sells running shoes and sports apparel, Finish Line (FINL), has yet to report its first quarter earnings. Analysts are projecting EPS of 21c and revenue of $394.18M. Last quarter, Finish Line said that it saw its first quarter earnings per share flat to up slightly versus last year and that it saw its March-April comps to be up in the mid-single digit range. PRICE ACTION: During late-morning trading, Foot Locker shares rose 61c or 1.27%, to $48.78. Hibbett Sports decreased 6% to $53.66, and Finish Line rose 1.4% to $29.21.
News For FL;HIBB;DKS;FINL From The Last 14 Days
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January 30, 2015
10:00 EDTFLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Abbott (ABT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Bottomline Technologies (EPAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Capital Bank (CBF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler ONeill... Centrica PLC (CPYYY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Chico's FAS (CHS) upgraded to Buy at Janney Capital... Coherent (COHR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Devon Energy (DVN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Farmers National Banc (FMNB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Foot Locker (FL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Groupon (GRPN) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Ascendiant... JA Solar (JASO) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... K12 (LRN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... PolyOne (POL) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... SolarWinds (SWI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... SunPower (SPWR) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... TCF Financial (TCB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA... Tempur Sealy (TPX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Textron (TXT) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Trina Solar (TSL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Umpqua Holdings (UMPQ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Valero Energy Partners (VLP) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Verifone (PAY) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Zimmer (ZMH) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird.
09:26 EDTDKSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:25 EDTDKSDick's Sporting Goods unlikely to sell, NY Post says
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07:14 EDTDKSDick's Sporting Goods unlikely to sell, NY Post says
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05:46 EDTFLFoot Locker upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays upgraded Foot Locker to Overweight citing an attractive entry point at current valuation levels and its belief the shoe seller could reach $10B in revenue within the next five years. The firm expects the athletic footwear industry to keep growing and raised its price target for Foot Locker shares to $70 from $60. The stock closed yesterday up 56c to $54.35.

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