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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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July 23, 2014
09:02 EDTMMacy's reports new initiates in multi-year program to enhance sustainability
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06:25 EDTDKSDick's Sporting cuts 400 PGA golf instructors, WSJ reports
Over 400 PGA of America members who were employed as golf instructors at Dick's Sporting Goods have been notified this week that they are being laid off, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
July 21, 2014
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July 18, 2014
18:12 EDTMVisa, MasterCard denied bid to dismiss opt-out swipe fee suits, Bloomberg says
Merchants that opted out of the swipe-fee settlement brought their own suits, which Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) were not approved to dismiss, Bloomberg reports. Merchants such as Target (TGT) and Macy’s (M) pursued their cases after dropping out of an earlier settlement over swipe fees, Bloomberg added. Reference Link
July 16, 2014
13:18 EDTFLFoot Locker Q2 sales and comps tracking ahead of Street, says ITG Research
ITG said Foot Locker's Q2 sales and comps are tracking ahead of Street expectations.
11:14 EDTFLFoot Locker weakness a buying opportunity, says Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee said weakness in last weeks basketball sales at Foot Locker was the result of the shift of the Jordan launch by one week and that basketball and other sales remain healthy.
July 15, 2014
09:29 EDTNKECorning names Nike CFO Donald Blair to board
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July 14, 2014
08:01 EDTNKEManchester United reaches agreement with Adidas
Manchester United (MANU) has reached a ten year agreement with Adidas (ADDYY) for a global technical sponsorship and dual branded licensing deal for a minimum guarantee of GBP750M, subject to certain adjustments, beginning with the 2015-2016 campaign. For the 2014-2015 season, Nike (NKE) will continue in its role of technical sponsor and trademark licensee.
July 11, 2014
10:00 EDTFINLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:11 EDTFLFoot Locker to benefit from current trends, says Sterne Agee
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09:07 EDTFINLFinish Line downgraded at Sterne Agee
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06:08 EDTFINLFinish Line downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee
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