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May 23, 2014
12:14 EDTFL, HIBB, DKS, 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.
News For FL;HIBB;DKS;FINL From The Last 14 Days
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October 20, 2014
08:11 EDTFINLFinish Line management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meeting to be held in New York on October 20 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
06:47 EDTDKSDick's Sporting shares have value at current levels, says Deutsche Bank
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October 17, 2014
06:14 EDTFLFoot Locker pullback a buying opportunity, says Citigroup
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October 9, 2014
11:20 EDTDKSData suggest improved sales at sporting goods retailers, says Wells Fargo
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09:41 EDTDKS, FINL, FLBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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October 8, 2014
09:23 EDTFL, FINLCitigroup to hold a tour
Athletic Footwear Mall Tour travels to Roosevelt Field Mall, Garden City, New York on October 8.
October 7, 2014
10:02 EDTHIBBOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:02 EDTHIBBOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:02 EDTDKSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Air France-KLM (AFLYY) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at JPMorgan... Alcobra (ADHD) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital... Alon USA Partners (ALDW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded at Bernstein... CTC Media (CTCM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CVR Refining (CVRR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... CalAmp (CAMP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Crown Holdings (CCK) upgraded at Macquarie... Dick's Sporting (DKS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Fortuna Silver Mines (FSM) upgraded to Outperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC... Franco-Nevada (FNV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Horsehead Holding (ZINC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... International Paper (IP) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Leidos (LDOS) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Lennox (LII) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... MGM Resorts (MGM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Natus Medical (BABY) upgraded to Outperform at William Blair... Noodles & Company (NDLS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Phillips 66 (PSX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... RockTenn (RKT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Smith & Nephew (SNN) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Sotheby's (BID) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Sun Life Financial (SLF) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... WellCare (WCG) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Yamana Gold (AUY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC.
07:29 EDTHIBBHibbett Sports downgraded at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill downgraded HIbbett Sports to Neutral from Buy. The firm downgraded shares based on a ramp-up in spending that puts 2016 estimates at risk and a more modest industry same-store-sales outlook. Price target cut to $47 from $55.
06:38 EDTHIBBHibbett Sports downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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06:30 EDTDKSDick's Sporting upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
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06:27 EDTHIBBHibbett Sports initiated with a Neutral at Goldman
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