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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.
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September 22, 2014
10:15 EDTFINLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Actavis (ACT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Aetna (AET) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Auxilium (AUXL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... CARBO Ceramics (CRR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... Commerzbank (CRZBY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Concur (CNQR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Dresser-Rand (DRC) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Finish Line (FINL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... General Communications (GNCMA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... InvenSense (INVN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Las Vegas Sands (LVS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Lindsay Corp. (LNN) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Melco Crown (MPEL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Outerwall (OUTR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at B. Riley... PSEG (PEG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Realogy (RLGY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Regal-Beloit (RBC) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Global Hunter... SABMiller (SBMRY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein... Saba Software (SABA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Suburban Propane (SPH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Towers Watson (TW) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Valmont (VMI) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Walgreen (WAG) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Watts Water (WTS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Wynn Resorts (WYNN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Yahoo (YHOO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill.
08:17 EDTFINLFinish Line price target raised to $32 from $30 at UBS
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05:40 EDTFINLFinish Line downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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September 18, 2014
09:22 EDTFLBack to school season healthy for footwear, says Sterne Agee
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07:36 EDTFLFoot Locker management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in Dublin, Ireland on September 18 hosted by UBS.
September 17, 2014
14:43 EDTHIBBHibbett Sports management to meet with Sterne Agee
Meetings to be held in Milwaukee on September 23 and in Chicago on September 24 hosted by Sterne Agee.
10:00 EDTHIBBOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:32 EDTFLFoot Locker management to meet with UBS
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06:51 EDTHIBBHibbett Sports assumed with a Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded Hibbett Sports to Neutral after assuming coverage of the stock. Piper believes the company's focus on lower income consumers could be causing a lack of comp store sales growth. It lowered its price target for shares to $43 from $53.
September 16, 2014
18:32 EDTFINLFinish Line assumed with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray
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18:31 EDTHIBBHibbett Sports assumed with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray
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16:31 EDTFLFoot Locker assumed with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Target $57.
07:24 EDTDKSDick's Sporting announces retirement of president and COO Joseph Schmidt
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September 15, 2014
07:23 EDTFLFoot Locker management to meet with UBS
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September 9, 2014
10:10 EDTDKSOn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:10 EDTFINLOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:55 EDTDKSDick's Sporting downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded Dick's Sporting Goods to Market Perform citing the recent rebound in shares and its data for August which indicates golf equipment sales continue to be weak. Wells also believes Disk's is near peak sales productivity and that the shift to ecommerce will lead to lower margins. The firm dropped its price target range for shares to $43-$46 from $47-$50.
05:30 EDTFINLFinish Line upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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