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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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September 17, 2014
12:01 EDTNKENike suspends contract with Adrian Peterson
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10:00 EDTNKEOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:32 EDTFLFoot Locker management to meet with UBS
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07:30 EDTNKENike September weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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September 16, 2014
18:32 EDTFINLFinish Line assumed with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray
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16:34 EDTNKENike assumed with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Target $77.
16:31 EDTFLFoot Locker assumed with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Target $57.
07:24 EDTDKSDick's Sporting announces retirement of president and COO Joseph Schmidt
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September 15, 2014
08:32 EDTMMacy's, Bloomingdales to launch same-day delivery in fall 2014
Macy’s (M) outlined its latest advancements in omnichannel strategy and technology as the company continues to add new dimensions for attracting shoppers and serving the needs of individual customers. Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s will help launch Apple (AAPL) Pay, same-day delivery to be piloted in fall 2014, new POS technology and customer service enhancements in testing, new apps, web functionality and mobile wallet launched, and its RFID is being expanded to fashion categories.
07:23 EDTFLFoot Locker management to meet with UBS
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September 11, 2014
10:00 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:18 EDTMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: lululemon (LULU), up 15%... Sigma Designs (SIGM), up 7%. ALSO HIGHER: JDSU (JDSU), up 13.8% after announcing that it will separate into two publicly traded companies... Wet Seal (WTSL), up 4.5%, upgraded at B. Riley following Q2 earnings results... Gogo (GOGO), up 5% after announcing partnership with T-Mobile (TMUS)... Digital Ally (DGLY), up 8.4% after announcing plans to introduce "bullet camera" option at October police conference. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Restoration Hardware (RH), down 5%... Five Below (FIVE), down 5.6%. LOWER: Radio Shack (RSH), down 8% after reporting Q2 losses, stating that it may need to pursue bankruptcy... E2open (EOPN), down 29%, downgraded at Pacific Crest and Northland after the company announced preliminary Q2 earnings results... Twitter (TWTR), down 1% after announcing that it will offer $1.3B in convertible unsecured senior notes... Crocs (CROX), down 2.6% after downgraded at Buckingham... Macy's (M), down 1.3% after downgraded at Sterne Agee.
08:19 EDTMMacy's downgraded at Sterne Agee
As noted earlier, Sterne Agee downgraded Macy's to Neutral from Buy. As reasons for the downgrade, the firm cited valuation and its belief that the company's SSS and EBIT growth are unlikely to accelerate. Target $62.
06:05 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee
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September 9, 2014
14:54 EDTMApple announces Apple Pay
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10:10 EDTDKSOn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:10 EDTFINLOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:20 EDTNKEForrester: Apple could sell 10M iWatches this year, FT reports
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05:55 EDTDKSDick's Sporting downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded Dick's Sporting Goods to Market Perform citing the recent rebound in shares and its data for August which indicates golf equipment sales continue to be weak. Wells also believes Disk's is near peak sales productivity and that the shift to ecommerce will lead to lower margins. The firm dropped its price target range for shares to $43-$46 from $47-$50.
05:30 EDTFINLFinish Line upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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