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June 27, 2014
11:04 EDTFL, M, FINL, DKS, NKEAthletic footwear companies rise after earnings run past expectations
Shares of athletic apparel and footwear giant Nike (NKE) and sports shoe retailer Finish Line (FINL) are climbing after both companies reported better than expected quarterly sales and profits. NIKE: Nike's Q4 earnings per share of 78c beat analysts' consensus forecast by 3c while its revenue of $7.4B topped expectations of $7.34B. Nike's Q4 worldwide futures orders rose 11% compared to the prior year's quarter to $13.3B, or 12% higher on a currency neutral basis. Inventories as of May 31 for Nike were up 13% to $3.9B. The retailer reported that its Q4 gross margin expanded 170 basis points to 45.6%, with the increase being primarily attributable to higher average selling prices and continued growth in the higher margin Direct to Consumer business. During Nike's earnings conference call, the company said it sees FY15 China revenue growth up in the high-single digit range and faster revenue growth in Q1. Nike said that it anticipates FY15 revenue growth at a high single digit rate and expects Q1 reported revenue to grow at a low double digit rate. FINISH LINE: Finish Line reported that its Q1 EPS excluding certain items was 28c, which was 7c higher than analysts' consensus view. The company's Q1 revenue of $406.5M topped analysts' expectations of $394.5M. Finish Line reported that its Q1 same-store sales were up 5% and that it expects FY15 SSS to be up in the mid single digits. The retailer said it expects its FY15 EPS to increase in the high single to low double digit range over FY14 non-GAAP diluted EPS of $1.66. During Finish Line's earnings conference call, the company said that it feels "comfortable" with the upper end of it annual guidance range and it is "bullish" about its Macy's (M) business. The retailer sees the Macy's deal to be slightly accretive for this year. Finish Line noted that it feels "comfortable" with current Q2 EPS estimates. Consensus for Q2 EPS stands at 21c. The company believes comps to date in June are up in the low single digits, but Finish Line said that it foresees July and August to be stronger and it anticipates double digit earnings growth on a long-term basis. OTHERS TO WATCH: Rivals to Finish Line in the athletic market that also sell Nike products include Foot Locker (FL) and Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS). PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, Dow member Nike was up $1.43 or 1.9%, to $78.29 and Finish Line was up 93c, or 3.2%, to $30.08. Meanwhile, Foot Locker rose $1.38, or 2.8% to $50.69 and shares of Dicks were up 0.4% to $45.78.
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December 18, 2014
11:13 EDTNKEEarnings Preview: Nike sees Q2 EPS to grow at high-teens rate
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07:04 EDTNKENike December volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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December 16, 2014
10:41 EDTMMacy's initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
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09:59 EDTNKEOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: BB&T (BBT) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Bank of America (BAC) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Ciena (CIEN) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... Cimarex Energy (XEC) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... Citigroup (C) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Extended Stay America (STAY) initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities... Infinera (INFN) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... JPMorgan (JPM) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Morgan Stanley (MS) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Newfield Exploration (NFX) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Nike (NKE) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... PNC Financial (PNC) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Peak Resorts (SKIS) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Peak Resorts initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Ralph Lauren (RL) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... U.S. Bancorp (USB) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Under Armour (UA) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Wells Fargo (WFC) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Lowe's (LOW) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Home Depot (HD) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Estee Lauder (EL) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Huntsman (HUN) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Dow Chemical (DOW) initiated with a Buy at Nomura.
December 15, 2014
16:17 EDTNKENike initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen
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15:27 EDTNKEKering explored sale of Puma athletic brand, Bloomberg reports
Kering SA (PPRUY), which owns Gucci, Puma, and other brands, contacted potential buyers earlier this year to gauge interest in a potential a sale of the sportswear company, though the talks haven't lead to any takeover proposals yet, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Other companies in the sportswear space include Nike (NKE), Under Armour (UA), lululemon (LULU) and Adidas (ADDYY). Reference Link
10:00 EDTNKEOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:24 EDTNKENike initiated with a Buy at Buckingham
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08:02 EDTFINLFinish Line volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Finish Line December call option implied volatility is at 74, February is at 37; compared to its 26-week average of 34 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on December 19.
07:42 EDTNKENike price target raised to $110 from $96 at UBS
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December 12, 2014
09:01 EDTNKENike December volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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December 11, 2014
06:33 EDTNKENike CIO Anthony Watson leaves company after 10 months, Business Insider reports
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December 10, 2014
09:15 EDTNKENike price target raised to $105 from $100 at Credit Suisse
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07:25 EDTNKENike sues employees who left for Adidas for stealing trade secrets, ESPN reports
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December 9, 2014
17:03 EDTNKENike appoints Tom Peddie as VP and GM of the Emerging Markets
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10:23 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:14 EDTMMacy's downgraded at Atlantic Equities
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08:06 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities
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December 8, 2014
10:00 EDTNKEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:38 EDTNKENike downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Telsey Advisory
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