Foot Locker says SSS up low double digits so far in Q1 Planning for a mid single digit SSS gain for FY14, including a mid single digit SSS gain in each quarter. Targeting FY14 capital program of $220M. Anticipating about 60 new stores and will likely close about 100. Expects to continue remodeling programs in Foot Locker and Champs stores. Says has a solid strategy for women's business to bring it up to the productivity of the other businesses. On the gross margin front, the company expects to experience some ongoing initial markup pressure but believes it can continue to improve markdown rates. Sees interest expense flat with last year at around $5M. Expecting a 36.5% effective tax rate down from prior expectation of 37%. Comments made during the company's Q4 earnings conference call.
Foot Locker price target raised to $83 from $72 at Baird Baird raised its price target on Foot Locker to $83 from $72 and said the tough tape provides a good buying opportunity. The firm believes the company's raised guidance could be conservative, citing its recent comps momentum and reasonable valuation. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating on Foot Locker shares.