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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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March 19, 2015
16:18 EDTNKENike reports Q3 gross margin up 140 basis points to 45.9%
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16:16 EDTNKENike reports Q3 worldwide futures orders up 2%, up 11% ex-currency changes
16:15 EDTNKENike reports Q3 EPS 89c, consensus 84c
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15:19 EDTNKENotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Nike (NKE), consensus 84c... Mattress Firm (MFRM), consensus 48c.
14:20 EDTNKENike technical comments ahead of results
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13:46 EDTNKEEarnings Preview: Nike sees Q3 constant dollar revenue growth in low teens
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13:03 EDTNKENike March 97.5 straddle priced for 3.9% movement into Q3
08:08 EDTNKENike historically hits earnings, but guidance, valuation could weigh, WSJ says
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07:04 EDTMAmerican Express confirms plans to launch Plenti loyalty program
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March 18, 2015
07:59 EDTNKENike March volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Nike March call option implied volatility is at 69, April is at 28, May is at 23, July is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on March 19.
06:16 EDTMAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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March 17, 2015
10:42 EDTFLFoot Locker management to meet with Sterne Agee
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07:30 EDTFLFoot Locker analyst day highlighted growth strategies, says UBS
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06:13 EDTFLFoot Locker analyst day removes uncertainty, says Citigroup
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06:04 EDTFLFoot Locker to exit Lady Foot Locker business slowly, TheStreet says
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March 16, 2015
17:04 EDTFLFoot Locker announces updated strategic priorities
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17:02 EDTFLFoot Locker raises long term financial objectives
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11:48 EDTNKEadidas won't renew contract with NBA after 2016-17 season, ESPN reports
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10:49 EDTNKENike March volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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07:24 EDTNKENike has solid global demand ahead but FX a headwind, says Credit Suisse
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