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May 23, 2014
12:14 EDTFL, DKS, HIBB, FINLFoot 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.
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November 21, 2014
06:32 EDTHIBBHibbett Sports raises FY15 EPS view to $2.72-$2.77 from $2.63-$2.73
Consensus $2.69.
06:31 EDTHIBBHibbett Sports reports Q3 EPS 67c, consensus 62c
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November 20, 2014
15:28 EDTFL, HIBBNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Foot Locker (FL), consensus 79c; ANN Inc. (ANN), consensus 68c; Hibbett Sports (HIBB), consensus 62c; Berry Plastics (BERY), consensus 37c; Sirona Dental Systems (SIRO), consensus 90c.
10:35 EDTDKSOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: DKS SPLS WB GMCR VRX HTZ WSM VIPS BBY AMAT
07:25 EDTFLFoot Locker volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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November 19, 2014
10:25 EDTDKSOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:40 EDTDKSDick's Sporting price target raised to $56 from $51 at Susquehanna
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November 18, 2014
11:28 EDTDKSGoPro rises after company, shareholders file to sell 10.36M shares
Shares of GoPro (GRPO) are rising in early trade after the company filed to sell 10.36M shares of its stock on behalf of the company and its stockholders. WHAT'S NEW: GoPro announced in a prospectus that it is selling about 1.29M shares of class A common stock and that selling stockholders are selling 9.073M shares of class A common stock. The holders of the company's outstanding class B common stock will hold approximately 96.1% of the voting power following this offering, with its executive officers and directors and their affiliates holding approximately 65% and CEO Nicholas Woodman holding approximately 42.5% after his sale of about 4.08M shares of class A common stock in this offering, the company explained. GoPro estimated that it will receive net proceeds of $97.1M from the sale of class A shares, assuming a public offering price of $79.15 per share. The company said it expects to use the net proceeds of this offering for general corporate purposes including working capital, adding that it may also use a portion of the net proceeds to acquire or invest in complementary businesses, technologies or assets. "However, we have no present commitments or agreements to enter into any acquisitions or make any investments," GoPro noted. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On November 10, GoPro shares slipped after its CEO acknowledged he planned to sell some of his stake as part of this stock offering. In a regulatory filing at that time, the company shared an email message sent by Woodman to employees, in which he assured that he plans to be a "significant shareholder in GoPro for a long time." Additionally, on its earnings conference call this morning, Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS) management said it continues to be "extremely enthusiastic" about the electronics category, particularly wearables, GoPro cameras, and the Fitbit activity tracker. ANALYST OPINION: In a note to investors this morning, Pacific Crest said channel checks for high end GoPros are looking better than expected. The firm said it sees upside to the upcoming quarter for Ambarella (AMBA), which provides components used by GoPro in its cameras. Pacific Crest increased its price target on Ambarella shares to $55 from $47 and maintains its Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, shares of GoPro rose 4.2% to $84.92, while Ambarella (AMBA) gained 5.8% to $51.60.
10:50 EDTDKSDick's Sporting says committed to returning cash to shareholders
Sees FY gross margin declining. Says not exiting golf, Golf Galaxy business.
10:17 EDTDKSDick's Sporting sees retail environment competitive, promotional
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07:34 EDTDKSDick's Sporting sees FY14 EPS ex-items $2.75-$2.85, consensus $2.79
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07:33 EDTDKSDick's Sporting sees Q4 EPS $1.18-$1.28, consensus $1.21
Sees Q4 consolidated same store sales to increase approximately 1%-3%. Q4 revenue consensus $2.12B.
07:32 EDTDKSDick's Sporting reports Q3 EPS 41c, consensus 41c
Reports Q3 revenue $1.53B, consensus $1.53B. Consolidated same store sales increased 1.1%, compared to the company's guidance of an approximate 1%-3% increase. Same store sales for DICK'S Sporting Goods increased 1.7%, while Golf Galaxy decreased 8.9%.
November 17, 2014
15:27 EDTDKSDick's Sporting November 47 straddle priced for 7.1% move into Q3
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15:22 EDTFLFoot Locker volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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15:16 EDTDKSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:58 EDTDKSDick's Sporting technical comments before earnings
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November 13, 2014
12:39 EDTDKSDick's Sporting volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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November 11, 2014
07:49 EDTFINL, DKSBofA/Merrill retail and consumer analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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November 10, 2014
05:48 EDTFINLU.S. Retail Softlines industry cut to Negative at Barclays
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