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June 27, 2014
11:04 EDTDKS, NKE, FL, M, FINLAthletic 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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February 9, 2016
18:01 EDTNKENike names Adam Sussman as Chief Digital Officer
Nike announced an acceleration of its digital strategy. As part of this move, Adam Sussman will become Nike's first Chief Digital Officer, reporting to Trevor Edwards, president, Nike Brand. By continuing to serve athletes deeper, better and more completely, Nike remains on path to meet its goal of reaching $50B in revenue by the end of FY20. As a growth company, Nike views digital as a vital accelerator, not just in connecting athletes with knowledge and services, but in everything it does. From amplifying how it gives consumers access to the Nike Brand in new and innovative ways to manufacturing and delivering the products and experiences athletes need to achieve their potential, Nike continues to drive the future of sport. In his new role, Sussman will lead the team responsible for the development of industry-leading digital products and services across Nike.com, Nike+ and Brand Digital platforms. Sussman's team will also drive Nike's consumer engagement, while accelerating the collective power of all of Nike's digital products and services for consumers. Prior to joining Nike, Sussman held multiple positions in the interactive gaming and entertainment industries.
February 8, 2016
09:01 EDTMMacy's partners with AwesomenessTV to debut In Awe Of You lifestyle brand
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07:39 EDTNKEDiverse set of companies planning layoffs, pulling back spending, WSJ says
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February 5, 2016
08:26 EDTFINLFinish Line coverage assumed with a Neutral at Credit Suisse
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08:26 EDTFLFoot Locker coverage assumed with a Neutral at Credit Suisse
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06:23 EDTM20 companies make alliance to keep down healthcare costs, WSJ says
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February 4, 2016
10:28 EDTMKohl's slumps after cutting forecast on lower than planned sales, margins
Shares of Kohl's (KSS) are plunging after the department store retailer cut its earnings per share guidance for fiscal year 2015 based on lower than planned sales for the quarter and "significantly" lower gross margins. WHAT'S NEW: Kohl's said this morning that comparable store sales for the fourth quarter increased 0.4%, with total quarterly sales rising 0.8%. The company said that despite a "very strong" holiday selling season, sales were "very volatile and less than planned" in the quarter. Additionally, Kohl's said the holiday season results were offset by a "very slow start" to Q4 in November as well as a weaker than expected January due to soft demand for cold-weather goods that led to lower store traffic. Looking ahead, Kohl's cut its FY15 EPS view to $3.95-$4.00, excluding losses from debt repayment, against analysts' consensus estimate of $4.30. Kohl's previously expected FY15 EPS to be at the low end of its $4.40-$4.60 range. Kohl's said it lowered its guidance as a result of lower than expected quarterly sales and "significantly lower than planned" gross margin. Kohl's is expected to report Q4 results on February 25. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Kohl's is considering whether to hire an investment bank to advise the company on alternatives including going private or a break up, The Wall Street Journal reported on January 11, citing a source. Kohl's executives are said to be open to a strategic review, the source said. ALSO NOTABLE: Retailer Ralph Lauren (RL) this morning said that while international net revenue grew 6% in constant currency in its third quarter, North America revenue declined 4%, due in part to warmer temperatures for the fall and holiday season. ANALYST OPINIONS: Buckingham yesterday upgraded Kohl's to Buy from Neutral, as the firm expected Kohl's SSS to rise by a low single digit percentage level in Q4. Analysts at Stifel said on January 11 that Kohl's could be worth as much as $95 in a takeover. PRICE ACTION: Kohl's is down over 14% to $43.72 in morning trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Ralph Lauren is down over 17.5% to trade near $95 per share. Department store peers Macy's (M) and J.C. Penney (JCP) are down 3% and 2%, respectively, this morning.
February 1, 2016
16:17 EDTMPVH, G-III Apparel announce license agreement for Tommy Hilfiger womenswear
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14:05 EDTMMacy's announces senior executive changes amid 'evolving' consumer preferences
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January 29, 2016
15:00 EDTMMacy's puts Etsy shop in Herald Square store, Fortune reports
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08:27 EDTMMacy's volatility flat into trimming guidance
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08:05 EDTMMacy's cuts Q4 EPS view to $1.85-$1.90 ex-charges from $2.18-$2.23
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08:05 EDTMMacy's cuts FY15 EPS view to $3.54-$3.59 ex-items from $3.85-$3.90
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08:03 EDTMMacy's revises Q4, FY15 earnings guidance
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08:03 EDTMMacy's completes Brooklyn store redevelopment transaction
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January 27, 2016
11:20 EDTDKSBed Bath & Beyond slips after Citi, Keybanc both say sell
Home goods retailer Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) is declining in late morning trading after being downgraded to Sell-equivalent ratings at both Keybanc and Citi. WHAT'S NEW: KeyBanc analyst Bradley Thomas downgraded Bed Bath & Beyond to Underweight from Sector Weight after his firm's work on housing showed growth has slowed. The analyst noted that the home furnishings sector is growing increasingly competitive, and he took a more cautious view on Hardline retailers whose growth is predicated primarily on same-store sales. Thomas kept a $35 price target on shares of Bed Bath & Beyond. Citi analyst Kate McShane downgraded Bed Bath & Beyond to Sell from Neutral on expectations the retailer's earnings will continue to decline over the next two years. McShane also noted that competition in home furnishings remains intense, while Bed Bath's e-commerce operations continue to be unprofitable. McShane cut her price target for the shares to $37 from $51. OTHERS TO WATCH: The analysts, in their respective notes, also opined on Bed Bath & Beyond's peers. Keybanc's Thomas downgraded Haverty Furniture (HVT) and Pier 1 Imports (PIR) to Sector Weight from Overweight. Meanwhile, Citi's McShane recommended a pair trade of long Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS), which the firm is Overweight on due to valuation, and short Bed Bath & Beyond. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Bed Bath & Beyond are down 1.6% to $43.34, while Haverty Furniture and Pier 1 Imports are down 3.8% and 3.9%, respectively. Dick's Sporting Goods, meanwhile, is down 0.7% to $37.84.
06:46 EDTDKSBed Bath & Beyond downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi
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January 26, 2016
06:30 EDTFLFoot Locker added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill added Foot Locker (FL) to the US 1 List and said Nike's (NKE) innovation in casual athletic should support solid comps. Additionally, Foot Locker will likely receive favorable allocations from Nike given Under Armour's focus and momentum in the mall channel.

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