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June 27, 2014
11:04 EDTNKE, FINL, FL, DKS, MAthletic 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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August 13, 2014
08:02 EDTMMacy's says expectations for 2H14 'on track'
Expectations for the second half of 2014 remain on track, with guidance for comparable store growth of 2%-3%. However, even with an improved sales trend in the second quarter, the company was unable to make up its sales shortfall from the first quarter. This calculates to expectations for a full-year 2014 comparable sales increase of 1.5%-2%. Full-year 2014 comparable sales together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties now are expected to increase by 2%-2.5%. Previous guidance was for full-year comparable sales to increase by 2.5%-3%. The company continues to expect full-year 2014 earnings per diluted share in the range of $4.40 to $4.50, consistent with guidance previously provided.
08:01 EDTMMacy's reports Q2 EPS 80c, consensus 86c
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07:58 EDTDKSDick's Sporting weakness overdone, says UBS
UBS said the weakness in Dick's Sporting Goods due to concerns about its gold segment are overdone and that the stock is likely poised for a rebound. The firm believes upcoming Q2 results will be better than feared, as foot and apparel trends remain strong, global soccer events should have a positive contribution, and promotional activity is clearing out inventory. The firm has a Buy rating and $53 price target on Dick's shares.
05:58 EDTMStocks with implied volatility movement; SFUN M
Stocks with implied volatility movement; SouFun (SFUN) 65, Macy's (M) 26 according to iVolatility.
August 12, 2014
15:23 EDTMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:22 EDTMMacy's technical comments before earnings release
In the past three months the shares have moderately outperformed the broader averages. The trend has been neutral for the most part with range-bound trading at $56.50 at the low and $60 at the high. This range is the last portion of a broader range of similar magnitude stretching back to late February of this year. As a result, a break of this range whether to the upside or downside will be significant technically and would resolve the range bearishly or bullishly Ranges that take long periods of time to form tend to persist in the direction of the break for an extended period. On a move above $60 on better than expected news there is only one established resistance level, which is the life high and 52-week high at $61.26. Additional upside moves would likely be anchored to common options strike prices such as $62.50 and $65. A breakdown below the low of the range at $56.50 on worse than expected news or outlook would break the uptrend in place since March 2009. Support below $56.50 would be at $55.10 and then at $53.20.
13:43 EDTMEarnings Preview: Analyst sees Macy's lowering EPS, SSS guidance for FY14
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13:32 EDTMMacy's August 60 straddle priced for 4% move into Q2
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08:03 EDTDKSGoldman's Retail selections for Q2
Goldman is most above Q2 consensus for Advance Auto Parts (AAP), Best Buy (BBY) and Williams-Sonoma (WSM), sees best risk/reward in Ulta Salon (ULTA) and Sportsman's Warehouse (SPWH), and low visibility in Dick's Sporting (DKS) and Wal-Mart (WMT).
06:53 EDTMMacy's August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Macy's August call option implied volatility is at 50, September is at 24, January is at 23; compare to its 26-week average of 24 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August on 13.
06:25 EDTFLFoot Locker added to Focus List at Citigroup
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August 11, 2014
07:23 EDTFINLFinish Line management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in Minneapolis on August 11 hosted by UBS.
06:52 EDTDKSDick's Sporting still has a downward bias to estimates, says RBC Capital
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August 8, 2014
12:12 EDTDKSDick's Sporting volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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10:36 EDTDKSOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:16 EDTDKSHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: TKMR JOE HMSY TDC XOMA XPO VGK DKS BCOR DRTX
08:39 EDTMGoldman says to buy Macy's and sell Kohl's
Goldman continues to recommend Buy rated Macy's and expects it to beat on the top and bottom line and reiterate fiscal year guidance and views it as one of the cheapest names under coverage. The analyst reiterated its Sell rating on Kohl;s given premium valuation, execution risk, margin pressures and increased competitive threats.
August 7, 2014
08:23 EDTMMacy's August volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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August 6, 2014
07:47 EDTMRetailers pare store openings as shopper visits slide, WSJ says
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07:40 EDTMMacy's added to Best Ideas List at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley added Macy's to the Best Ideas List citing consistent execution, leading free-cash-flow yield, strong management and strategies, and superior omni-channel capabilities. Shares are Overweight rated with a $66 price target.
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