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June 27, 2014
11:04 EDTM, FINL, DKS, NKE, FLAthletic 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.
News For NKE;FINL;FL;DKS;M From The Last 14 Days
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July 30, 2015
07:44 EDTMMacy's volatility flat into Q2 and outlook
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July 28, 2015
10:00 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:00 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Sell due to 'speculative froth' at Gilford Securities
As previously reported, Gilford Securities downgraded Macy's two notches to Sell from Buy. Analyst Bernard Sosnick would use the "speculative froth" in the stock to take profits at attractive prices. Macy's shares rose to a high when Starboard Value announced its belief that Macy's is worth $125 per share based on real estate monetization. Sosnick believes its a "fool's errand" to hold on to shares for real estate value extraction and expects the speculative premium in the stock to disappear.
08:45 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Sell from Buy at Gilford Securities
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07:25 EDTNKENike price target raised to $128 on trade deal potential at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Edward Plank raised his price target for Nike to $128 to reflect greater likelihood of the Trans-Pacific Partnership becoming law. The elimination of Vietnam import tariffs could benefit Nike's margins by up to 400 basis points over time, Plank tells investors in a research note. The recent granting of fast-track authority to President Obama significantly increases the likelihood of the free trade agreement passing, the analyst writes. He keeps a Buy rating on Nike.
July 27, 2015
10:00 EDTDKSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:36 EDTNKENike to pay $2.4M to FuelBand customers, AppleInsider reports
Under terms agreed upon in June, Nike (NKE) will pay $2.4M to customers who purchased a FuelBand product anytime between January 19, 2012 and June 17, 2015 to settle a class action suit leveled against itself and Apple (AAPL) in 2013, AppleInsider reports. Apple was named as a defendant in the suit, but holds no responsibility or liability for attorneys' fees or costs, the report says. The plaintiffs alleged that the Fuelband was unable to accurately track calorie burn, steps, and overall activity, the report says. Reference Link
06:02 EDTDKSDick's Sporting initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen
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July 24, 2015
11:24 EDTFINLFinish Line management to meet with Buckingham
Meetings to be held in Los Angeles on July 27 and in San Francisco on July 28 hosted by Buckingham.
10:00 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abaxis (ABAX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Dougherty... CF Industries (CF) downgraded on nitrogen outlook at RBC Capital... Capital One (COF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Cepheid (CPHD) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Evercore ISI... Constant Contact (CTCT) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Equifax (EFX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Hannover Re (HVRRY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... IAMGOLD (IAG) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... MSA Safety (MSA) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... MTU Aero (MTUAY) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Macy's (M) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Sunesis (SNSS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cantor... Superior Drilling (SDPI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... TrueCar (TRUE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... WESCO (WCC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens.
06:45 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities
Atlantic Equities analyst Danlela Nedlalkova downgraded Macy's to Underweight with a $64 price target based on expectations of weaker topline trends. Nedlalkova said recent industry commentary and data and global tourist spending decline will likely weigh on Q2 results. The analyst believes annual comp guidance of 2% is likely optimistic with Q1 comps at (0.1%) and expectations for about a flat comp in Q2, indicating 2H comps need to accelerate to 3%-4% to meet guidance. Nedlalkova said shares have been supported by speculation of real estate monetization, but with shares at historic levels, the analyst expects weaker operating results to pressure the stock.
July 22, 2015
08:38 EDTMNRF cuts 2015 retail sales growth forecast to 3.5% from 4.1%
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07:04 EDTFLFoot Locker price target raised to $77 from $67 at UBS
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July 20, 2015
13:46 EDTMAmazon seen eclipsing Macy's as top U.S. clothing retailer
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08:08 EDTMMacy's price target to $78 on likelihood of a REIT transaction at BofA/Merrill
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July 19, 2015
18:13 EDTMMacy's considered, rejected sale/lease-backs in past, WSJ says
Macy's (M) executives have considered sale/lease-backs "over the years" and have come to negative conclusions, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the company. The report comes in the wake of Starboard Value pressuring Macy's to spin off its real estate, and sources said the activist investor sees several options, including a REIT, a Hudsonís Bayís-style real estate partnership, a sale/lease-back, or borrowing money against the properties. Separately, a source said Target (T) is still reluctant to relinquish control over its real estate. Reference Link
July 17, 2015
16:41 EDTMStocks end week higher as Google, Greece bring out the buyers
Stocks ended the week higher and the major averages are back at record highs after Iran agreed to a nuclear deal, Greece's parliament paved the way for the country to receive another bailout by agreeing to new austerity measures and Google (GOOG) gave investors hope that earnings from tech's other heavyweights will be similarly better than expected. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. The producer prices index showed prices rose 0.4% in June, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in June from a month earlier, matching the consensus forecast. Compared with last year, consumer prices rose 0.1%, marking the first annual increase since December. Housing starts rose 9.8% to a 1.17M rate in June and building permits rose 7.4% to a 1.34M pace, both of which topped expectations. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index for July came in at 60, a point better than forecast. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading dropped to 93.3 in the preliminary July figure, which was below the 96.0 reading that was expected. During testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stayed on message, stating that the central bank is on track to raise record-low interest rates this year, so long as the labor market and the economy keep improving... In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, the nation's customs administration reported. The nation's GDP was reported to have grown 7% in the second quarter from a year earlier, beating the consensus expectation for growth of 6.8%... In Europe, Greek lawmakers passed the country's austerity agreement and Euro-area finance ministers reportedly agreed in principle to extend a bridge loan to Greece. The loan should help keep Greece afloat while its Prime Minister negotiates the details of the country's latest bailout... Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) surged at the end of the week after the search giant reported better than expected revenues and earnings in the second quarter. Research firms all over Wall Street raised their price targets on the stock in the wake of the report... Netflix (NFLX) rallied to a split-adjusted all-time high after the streaming service operator reported stronger than expected second quarter results, including higher than expected Q2 subscriber metrics, prompting a large number of research firms to raise their price targets on the stock... Many of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the second quarter this week. JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) all posted quarterly profits, excluding certain items, that beat the average estimates of analysts. Wells Fargo (WFC) reported earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations, while Goldman Sachs (GS) reported headline earnings that appeared to fall far short of the consensus forecast. However, that was due to Goldman's nearly $1.5B in provisions for litigation and regulatory matters. Excluding those provisions, the bank's earnings were ahead of consensus... On the M&A front, Receptos (RCPT) advanced after Celgene (CELG) announced a deal to buy the smaller drugmaker for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired. A number of research firms applauded the deal, especially noting the price Celgene agreed to pay, but cautioned that a rival bidder may still emerge for Receptos. Marathon Petroleum (MPC) gained after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a cash and stock deal that implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of debt of approximately $4.2B. Micron (MU) rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked Tuesday morning after a questionable takeover report was published on a website that mimicked, but had a different web address, than Bloomberg News. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service was a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal... Macy's (M) jumped after Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith called the stock his "best idea" for 2015, adding that the shares could be worth $125 each if the company takes steps to maximize the value of its real estate holdings. Amazon (AMZN) announced it sold more units on its first "Prime Day" than the biggest Black Friday ever and had more new members try its Prime service worldwide than any single day in company history. The e-commerce giant noted that its worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014, adding that it will "definitely be" doing another Prime Day in the future. A number of semiconductor equipment stocks, including Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research (LRCX), dropped after Intel (INTC) cut its capital expenditures guidance while reporting on its quarterly results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained about 1.05% to close at 18,086.45, the Nasdaq advanced about 3.37% to close at 5,210.14, and the S&P 500 rose about 1.67% to close at 2,126.64.
July 16, 2015
11:44 EDTMMacy's price target raised to $76 from $67 at JPMorgan
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10:00 EDTFLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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05:30 EDTFLFoot Locker initiated with a Neutral at B. Riley
Target $71.
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