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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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November 18, 2014
08:54 EDTNKENike initiated with a Hold at BB&T
07:34 EDTDKSDick's Sporting sees FY14 EPS ex-items $2.75-$2.85, consensus $2.79
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07:33 EDTDKSDick's Sporting sees Q4 EPS $1.18-$1.28, consensus $1.21
Sees Q4 consolidated same store sales to increase approximately 1%-3%. Q4 revenue consensus $2.12B.
07:32 EDTDKSDick's Sporting reports Q3 EPS 41c, consensus 41c
Reports Q3 revenue $1.53B, consensus $1.53B. Consolidated same store sales increased 1.1%, compared to the company's guidance of an approximate 1%-3% increase. Same store sales for DICK'S Sporting Goods increased 1.7%, while Golf Galaxy decreased 8.9%.
07:31 EDTNKESignet Jewelers names Daniel Shull as Chief Information Officer
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07:23 EDTMMacy's downgraded at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill downgraded Macy's to Neutral from Buy. The firm downgraded shares citing valuation and slowing earnings growth. Price target is $65.
06:04 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
November 17, 2014
15:27 EDTDKSDick's Sporting November 47 straddle priced for 7.1% move into Q3
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15:22 EDTFLFoot Locker volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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15:16 EDTDKSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:58 EDTDKSDick's Sporting technical comments before earnings
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November 14, 2014
16:26 EDTMNasdaq clear leader as major averages end week higher
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10:00 EDTNKEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:31 EDTNKENike downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee downgraded Nike to Neutral based on valuation.
November 13, 2014
12:39 EDTDKSDick's Sporting volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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10:01 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ATK (ATK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Adeptus Health (ADPT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... American Woodmark (AMWD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Avnet (AVT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Baxano Surgical (BAXS) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Summer Street... Beazer Homes (BZH) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Bristol-Myers (BMY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Centene (CNC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Cherry Hill Mortgage (CHMI) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Discover (DFS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fleetmatics (FLTX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Gazprom (OGZPY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Jabil Circuit (JBL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... LabCorp (LH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) downgraded at BMO Capital... Macy's (M) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Madison Square Garden (MSG) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Marvell (MRVL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Meritor (MTOR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Swedbank (SWDBY) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... TransGlobe (TGA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Capital... UIL Holdings (UIL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Verint Systems (VRNT) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... ZAIS Financial (ZFC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
07:57 EDTNKENike positioned to 'significantly increase' dividend, says Nomura
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07:38 EDTMBloomberg Link to hold a conference
The Year Ahead: 2015 is being held in Washington, D.C. with a pre-conference dinner on November 13 followed by company presentations on November 14,
06:59 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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05:45 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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