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June 4, 2014
09:56 EDTUA, LULU, NKE, SKXUnder Armour rises after analyst says growth potential underestimated
Shares of athletic apparel maker Under Armour (UA) are rising after research firm Jefferies upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: Jefferies analyst Randal Konik wrote that the firm's survey indicates that Under Armour's dominance with young people and women is growing, while many men are also buying the company's athletic apparel. The market is underestimating Under Armour's long-term growth potential, contended Konik, who predicted that the company can generate $15B in sales over the next decade, as athletic apparel sales should continue to be strong. He raised his price target on the shares to $65 from $50. OTHERS TO WATCH: Nike (NKE) competes with Under Armour in apparel, footwear, and other areas. lululemon (LULU) also makes athletic apparel, while Skechers (SKX) makes sports footwear. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Under Armour gained 1.2% to $51.71.
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October 23, 2014
08:40 EDTUAUnder Armour guidance confirms a deceleration in growth, says UBS
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07:50 EDTSKXSkechers price target raised to $67 from $65 at Susquehanna
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07:09 EDTUAUnder Armour raises FY14 revenue view to $3.03B from $2.98B-$3B
Consensus $3.02B. Raises 2014 operating income outlook to approximately $348M from $343M-$345M. The company said, "Our plans of crossing $3 billion in net revenues and achieving 30% growth this year represent significant milestones for the Brand, but we believe we are just getting started. We are delivering consistent top line results while making the right investments to support both the near- and long-term opportunities of the Brand. This includes investments to build world-class design and innovation capabilities for all of our products, accelerate our international footprint, and expand our 30 million users under our Connected Fitness platform...We are proud of what we have built and continue to see ourselves as a much larger brand than the $3B in revenues we are projecting for 2014."
07:07 EDTUAUnder Armour reports Q3 apparel revenue up 26% to $705M
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07:06 EDTUAUnder Armour reports Q3 EPS 41c, consensus 40c
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October 22, 2014
18:34 EDTSKXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Select Comfort (SCSS), up 13.1% after reporting third quarter results and increasing share repurchase authorization to $250M... Infinera (INFN), up 9.8%... Tractor Supply (TSCO), up 11.8%... Acacia Research (ACTG), up 7.7%... Marketo (MKTO), up 4.5%... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), up 3.9%... Fortinet (FTNT), up 1.5%... Mellanox (MLNX), up 2.9%... ServiceNow (NOW), up just under 1%. ALSO HIGHER: CarMax (KMX), up 1% after announcing a $2B increase to its share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Air Methods (AIRM), down 19.8% following preliminary third quarter results... Yelp (YELP), down 13.6%... Core Laboratories (CLB), down 7.9%... Varian Medical (VAR), down 4.9% after reporting fourth quarter results... Open Text (OTEX), down 3.9%... Citrix (CTXS), down 5.7%... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), down 4.5%... Allied World (AWH), down 4.7%... Lam Research (LRCX), down 3.3%... Skechers (SKX), down just under 1% after reporting third quarter results above analyst estimates... AT&T (T), down 1.5%. ALSO LOWER: DIRECTV (DTV), down just under 1% following AT&T third quarter results... Alcobra (ADHD), down 16% following results of MDX study... WidePoint (WYY), down 8.1% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... New Mountain Finance (NMFC), down 4.4% after filing to sell 5M shares of common stock.
16:30 EDTSKXSkechers sees momentum carrying into 2015
The company said, "The continuous record revenue quarters in 2014 and the strong growth in all of our key business segments is evidence of the relevancy and demand for Skechers footwear worldwide. The more than 50 percent increase in our backlogs at the end of September and the strong sales during the first few weeks of October give us confidence that the momentum we are experiencing now will continue for the remainder of the year and into 2015. We are continuing our retail expansion and plan to open an additional 10 to 15 Company-owned Skechers stores before the end of the year, in addition to the 22 that opened in the third quarter and the five that have already opened this month. We also plan to open another 35 to 45 Skechers stores through our international distributor and franchise partners before the end of the year—which will bring us to the 1,000 store milestone. We are also improving our international efficiencies with the opening of a new distribution facility in Chile in the third quarter and the completion of phase one of the automation of our European Distribution Center in Belgium in the fourth quarter. With our relevant product and advertising, market share gain, and solid financial position, including, $440.8 million in cash, the Company is well positioned for continued growth. Though the fourth quarter is historically our smallest sales quarter for our international division, we remain comfortable with the analysts’ current consensus for both revenue and earnings. Given the strength of our backlogs for the first quarter of 2015, we anticipate top-line growth to be 15 to 20 percent.”
16:07 EDTSKXSkechers reports Q3 EPS $1.00, consensus 93c
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15:37 EDTUANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 71c; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $1.52; 3M (MMM), consensus $1.96; AbbVie (ABBV), consensus 77c; Celgene (CELG), consensus 95c; Eli Lilly (LLY), consensus 67c; Occidental Petroleum (OXY), consensus $1.57; Caterpillar (CAT), consensus $1.36; Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), consensus $1.16; Precision Castparts (PCP), consensus $3.32; Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.60; American Electric Power (AEP), consensus $1.02; Southwest Airlines (LUV), consensus 53c; Lorillard (LO), consensus 90c; T. Rowe Price (TROW), consensus $1.15; Mead Johnson (MJN), consensus 91c; Zimmer Holdings (ZMH), consensus $1.30; Nucor (NUE), consensus 73c; Nielsen (NLSN), consensus 65c; Prologis (PLD), consensus 46c; Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL), consensus $1.06; Under Armour (UA), consensus 40c; EQT (EQT), consensus 56c; Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), consensus 88c; Cameron International (CAM), consensus $1.10; Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), consensus 89c; Quest Diagnostics (DGX), consensus $1.08; CMS Energy (CMS), consensus 41c; Airgas (ARG), consensus $1.29; PulteGroup (PHM), consensus 36c; Diamond Offshore (DO), consensus 79c; Bemis (BMS), consensus 67c.
15:27 EDTLULUlululemon management to meet with William Blair
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14:32 EDTUAUnder Armour October weekly 66 straddle priced for 8.4% move into Q3
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13:54 EDTNKENike expects womens business to reach $7B in revenue by FY17
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07:39 EDTUAUnder Armour volatility elevated into Q3 and growth outlook
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04:57 EDTLULUlululemon partners with Dalai Lama Center
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October 16, 2014
10:01 EDTLULUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Akamai (AKAM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... CGG SA (CGG) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... Central Valley Community (CVCY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... DSM (RDSMY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Disney (DIS) downgraded at Guggenheim... Francesca's (FRAN) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Macquarie... Netflix (NFLX) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... Nordstrom (JWN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Norfolk Southern (NSC) downgraded at Credit Suisse... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Seadrill (SDRL) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... Ternium (TX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Urban Outfitters (URBN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... eBay (EBAY) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA... lululemon (LULU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
05:39 EDTLULUlululemon downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie
Macquarie downgraded lululemon to Underperform after assuming coverage of the stock saying the company's expansion into Asia and Europe will drive a meaningful increase in spending. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $34 from $40.
October 15, 2014
10:02 EDTNKEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:28 EDTNKENike upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
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06:12 EDTNKENike's Converse sues rivals over 'copycat' design, NY Post reports
Converse, a unit of Nike (NKE), is suing rivals including Ralph Lauren (RL) and Tory Burch, alleging that shoemakers and retailers are copying its iconic design, the New York Post reports. Lawyers for Converse say "We welcome fair competition, but we do not believe companies have a right to copy the trademarked look." The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and injunctions that would bar the production of the rival shoe models. Reference Link
October 13, 2014
14:02 EDTLULUlululemon's Q3 sales tracking below consensus, says ITG Research
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