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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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June 25, 2015
16:16 EDTNKENike reports Q4 gross margin up 60 bps to 46.2%
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16:15 EDTNKENike reports Q4 worldwide futures orders up 2%, up 13% ex-currency changes
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16:15 EDTNKENike reports Q4 EPS 98c, consensus 83c
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16:00 EDTNKEOptions Update; June 25, 2015
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15:10 EDTNKENike June weekly 107 straddle priced for 3.3% movement Q4
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15:04 EDTFINLNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:04 EDTNKENotable companies reporting after market close
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14:50 EDTFINLFinish Line technical comments ahead of earnings news
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13:04 EDTNKEEarnings Watch: Nike sees Q4 constant dollar revenue growth in low double digits
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13:02 EDTNKENike June weekly volatility increases into Q4 and growth outlook
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11:15 EDTNKENike technical comments before earnings news
The shares are trading close to life highs ahead of earnings, last at $105.47 against that high at $107.45. On strongly bullish news the stock would likely exceed that high by good measure, putting the $110 to $115 area into play as potential upside. If the news is a bearish disappointment, the first support level of significance is at the 50-day moving average at $94.08. A move down to that level would only be a test of support. It would take a move that broke the 50-day to turn the long-term trend to bearish.
10:00 EDTFINLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AT&T (T) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded to Buy, added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill... Finish Line (FINL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Greenhill & Co. (GHL) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Goldman... Magnum Hunter (MHR) upgraded to Equalweight from Underweight at Capital One... Marathon Oil (MRO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Newpark Resources (NR) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Office Depot (ODP) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... Quanex (NX) upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital... Vestas Wind (VWDRY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Web.com (WWWW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... NRG Yield upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale.
06:26 EDTFINLFinish Line upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley
B. Riley upgraded Finish Line to Buy and raised its price target for shares to $33 from $27 ahead of the company's Q1 results on June 26. Riley believes the retailer's merchandise assortment is improving and that the running category is building momentum.
June 24, 2015
17:18 EDTFLChamps Sports, Under Armour launch premium store-within-store concept
Champs Sports, a member of the Foot Locker (FL) family, is collaborating with Under Armour (UA) to launch The ARMOURY at Champs Sports. This is the first-of-its-kind, premium store-within-a-store and will open later this month at the Champs Sports store in The Mall in Columbia in Columbia, MD.
15:53 EDTDKSSunTrust identifies the most likely M&A activity in specialty retail
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13:52 EDTFINLFinish Line volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Finish Line July call option implied volatility is at 49, August is at 36, November is at 34; compared to its 52-range-week of 24 to 49, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on June 25.
06:09 EDTNKEOptions expected to be active
Options expected to be active: NFLX SYY MU MON NKE BBBY LEN NBG GREK
June 23, 2015
08:26 EDTNKENike June weekly volatility increases into Q4 and growth outlook
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07:11 EDTNKENike bar high into Thursday's Q4 results, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank says that with shares up 11% year-to-date and at all-time highs, the bar is high into Nike's Q4 results on Thursday. The firm raised its Q4 earnings estimate to 84c from 81c and keeps a Buy rating on the name with a $115 price target.
June 22, 2015
10:36 EDTFLFoot Locker management to meet with FBN Securities
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