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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Outlook for Under Armour (UAA) Stock Following Profitable Quarter

    By Rachel Curry
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    Earnings Report

    Analyzing the Prospects of Nike’s Geographic Segments

    Most of Nike’s (NKE) incremental revenue was recorded in its North America market, Nike’s largest geographical segment.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Where NIKE And Under Armour Win In The Market Share Stakes

    Under Armour’s share of the apparel market rose from 14% to 16%, year-over-year, in the first nine months of 2014.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Lululemon: The Outliers Affecting LULU’s Stock Price Movement

    On June 11, Lululemon Athletica (LULU) filed a shelf prospectus with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (or SEC).

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Under Armour: S&P 500’s Top Gainer on April 3

    Under Armour was the S&P 500’s top gainer on April 3. After declining for three consecutive trading weeks, Under Armour regained stability last week.

    By Val Kensington
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Who Were the Outliers in the Consumer Space on May 4?

    On May 4, 2016, the S&P Consumer Staples slightly outperformed the S&P 500 and the S&P Consumer Discretionary as a whole.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Consumer

    Lululemon’s Digital Update: e-Commerce Sales Climb in Fiscal 1Q17

    In fiscal 1Q17. Lululemon’s (LULU) e-commerce sales rose by 16.7% to $97.6 million in the quarter, representing 19.7% of its revenue.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Wells Fargo Upgrades Under Armour to ‘Outperform’

    Under Armour’s cash and cash equivalents fell 6.7%, and its inventories rose 38.8% between 4Q15–2Q16.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Earnings Report

    Lululemon’s 2Q16 Revenue Rises 15.9% Despite Forex Headwinds

    Lululemon Athletica (LULU) reported sales revenue of $453 million in 2Q16, up 15.9% year-over-year. Excluding the impact of adverse foreign currency movements, sales would have increased by 21%.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Recent Analyst Actions: Under Armour and Gap

    One day after Kate Spade’s upgrade, Under Armour and Gap also came under scrutiny. On September 13, Nomura initiated coverage of UA with a “neutral” rating.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Earnings Report

    Nike’s Top Line and Bottom Line Rose in Fiscal 3Q16

    Nike’s cash and cash equivalents and inventories rose by 0.96% and 8.1%, respectively, in fiscal 3Q16 compared to fiscal 3Q15.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Markets Are Pricing Under Armour Stock

    Markets expect the strong growth trend to continue, and value Under Armour stock higher than the overall market and comparable firms.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    John Christian Walbrecht Appointed as President of Columbia Brand

    Columbia Sportswear (COLM) has a market cap of $4.1 billion. COLM fell by 0.31% to close at $58.34 per share as of February 22, 2016.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Who Were the Outliers in the Consumer Space on June 16?

    On June 16, 2016, the S&P 500 Consumer Staples Index slightly outperformed the S&P 500 and the S&P 500 Consumer Discretionary Index. These indexes had respective returns of 0.61%, 0.31%, and 0.37%.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Earnings Report

    Analyzing Ralph Lauren’s Stock Performance and Dividend Payout

    Ralph Lauren’s stock price hasn’t shown any signs of improvement this year. Its stock price has fallen more than 23% YTD (year-to-date) as of May 13, 2016.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Earnings Report

    Can Lululemon Boost Its Products through Management Changes?

    In October and November, Lululemon Athletica announced several top-level management changes.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    How Does Shake Shack Compare to Its Peers?

    Shake Shack (SHAK) has an enterprise-value-to-revenue multiple of 13.9x, compared to the peer average of 3.5x.

    By Adam Jones
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    Consumer

    Is Wall Street Losing Confidence in Nike?

    Overall, analysts do not have a negative sentiment toward Nike’s stock, as the company has not received any “sell” recommendations yet. On September 20, 2016, the company had 21 “buy” and 12 “hold” recommendations from Wall Street analysts.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Digital Campaigns Are Powering Sales for Sportswear Firms

    Nike (NKE) has a digital community of almost 70 million women around the world. What’s more, 54% of the runners logging a run in the Nike+ Running Club are women.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Can Under Armour’s Growth Model Cope With These Threats?

    Key threats to the company include higher labor costs and greater regulation. After the Bangladesh factory tragedy, stricter regulations can be expected.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Under Armour’s Upbeat Prospects for Direct-to-Consumer Sales

    Retail and e-commerce sales—DTC or direct-to-consumer sales—are growing at a faster clip than the average growth rate for the company.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Susquehanna Rated Nike as ‘Positive’

    In fiscal 1Q17, Nike (NKE) repurchased 19 million shares for ~$1.1 billion.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Lululemon Shows Sports Apparel Is Outpacing Retail Sector Growth

    Sports apparel as a category has been outpacing growth in 12 other retail segments for several months now. This should benefit sales for Lululemon (LULU).

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Under Armour’s Upbeat Outlook and Stock Price Performance

    Under Armour’s (UA) stock price hit several record highs this year. The stock has provided total returns of 54.9% over the past year.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Miscellaneous

    How Much Can Truven’s Data Actually Benefit IBM’s Watson?

    IBM intends to strengthen its presence in cognitive computing and machine learning space through Watson, which requires a vast pool of data.

    By Anne Shields
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Under Armour Expects to Take on More Debt to Fund Growth

    As we discussed in the previous articles of this series, Under Armour (UA) is expecting to significantly grow both its top and bottom lines over the next few years.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Can Project Jacquard Revive Premium Denim?

    Google and Levi Strauss unveiled a new collaboration. It embeds touch-enabled interactive technology in fabrics. It may revive the denim industry.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Nike Market Share Gets the High Score in Activewear

    UA’s market share came in at 6%, and ADDYY’s came in at 3%. Hanes (HBI) took 3% of the market in 1Q15 .Nike (NKE) was the market leader for activewear overall.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Why Nike Is Able To Sell More Products At Higher Prices

    Revenue gains for Nike (NKE) in 1H15 were broad-based. Sales rose for almost all key product categories, with the notable exception of the golf category.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    NBA Sponsorship Bid: An Adidas Timeout and a NKE and UA Jump Ball

    The success of Nike’s and UA’s signature offerings may have spurred Adidas to change its strategy, such as signing more NBA stars and developing product.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Nike’s All-Time High on Earnings Beat: What’s the Score for 3Q15?

    Nike delivered an earnings beat in 3Q15—the 11th straight quarter that the company had come ahead of Wall Street earnings expectations.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The 6 Positive Things about April’s Retail Sales Report

    The advance retail sales report for April 2015 was on the whole, mixed. The mixed readings in the retail sales report brought about indifferent reactions from markets.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Under Armour’s Athletic Endorsements Paid Handsome Dividends

    In terms of endorsements, the last weekend in January was eventful for Under Armour. Tom Brady won his fourth Super Bowl. He wore Under Armour cleats.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Market Moves Paint a Contradictory Picture of Nike’s Performance

    The initial bullish reaction to Nike’s earnings stemmed from the upbeat futures orders reports, the higher-than-expected earnings growth, and upbeat outlook.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Who’s Taking a Bite Out of Nike’s Market Share?

    Nike is the world’s largest athletic footwear and apparel company. It dominates the sportswear market in Europe, China, and North America.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Earnings Report

    Nike’s Profitability Improves But Still Trails the Competition

    Despite Nike’s expanding margin and improved operating profitability, its margin and profitability still trail peers Under Armour and Lululemon Athletica.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Did Nike Rise on August 11?

    Nike has a market cap of $96.5 billion. It rose by 0.62% and closed at $57.21 per share on August 18. Nike reported fiscal 4Q16 revenues of $8.2 billion.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Earnings Report

    Under Armour’s Fitness App Platform Is the World’s Largest

    Late last year and in early 2015, Under Armour acquired Endomondo and MyFitnessPal. Its fitness app user platform became the largest in the world.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Why Nike Is Able to Turn a Profit in E-Commerce

    The Nike+ Training Club clocked ~17 million downloads by 1Q15. The app is now available in 18 languages, creating the framework for a global community.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    US Dollar at Decade Highs Casts a Shadow over Nike’s Performance

    Since Nike reports financial results in US dollars, the performance of the dollar versus foreign currencies affects the company’s performance.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Nike Still Dominates Athletic Footwear in 1Q15

    US dollar sales of athletic footwear rose 8% in the first quarter of 2015. Nike was the most dominant brand by far with a market share of 62%.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Nike’s Target Markets: Everything You Need to Know

    Nike (NKE) faces some challenges in its target markets. In the US, economic growth rates have tapered down, and the trade war could affect its China market.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
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    Earnings Report

    How Innovation Is Driving Sales at Nike

    While Nike derives most of its revenues from footwear products, it also sparks innovation in apparel technologies, such as Aeroloft, Dri-FIT, and Nike Pro.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Wall Street Expects 16.5% Earnings Growth from UA in 4Q15

    Under Armour (UA) has an enviable earnings record. It’s beaten the market consensus on quarterly earnings and sales for over five years in a row.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    How Did Nike Perform in 1Q17?

    Nike (NKE) has a market cap of $92.9 billion. It rose 1.7% to close at $55.34 per share on September 27, 2016.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Earnings Report

    Under Armour Expects Increased Revenue in 2015

    Under Armour expects to earn revenue of ~$3.76 billion in 2015. This is an increase of 22% over 2014. Growth is expected in its North America and International segments.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Nike’s Outlook: Category Offense All the Way

    Consensus Wall Street analyst estimates project Nike’s adjusted diluted EPS to be $3.58 in fiscal 2015, an increase of 19.7% over the previous year.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Skechers Is Expanding Distribution in Key Overseas Markets

    Skechers (SKX) products are sold in about 160 countries. The company’s international wholesale segment was its fastest-growing segment from 2011 to 2015.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Nike Announces the Launch of New Products

    Nike (NKE) fell 1.7% to close at $50.46 per share during the fifth week of November 2016.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Consumer

    Lululemon Stock Rose 10.7% on Upbeat Fiscal 4Q16: What’s Next?

    Lululemon (LULU) stock rose 10.7% to $67.80 on March 30, 2016, the day the company declared its fourth quarter results. The stock has risen more than 29% year-to-date.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Under Armour: The ARMOURY and Its Wholesale Strategic Importance

    The ARMOURY stores will cater to the premium segment of the market. They’ll also feature UA product exclusives and occasional visits from star athletes.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    The Growth Factors Spiking NIKE Revenues And Earnings

    In this series, we’ll analyze the results of the past quarter and the reasons why NIKE continues to outperform.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Understanding Nike’s Performance in Fiscal 2Q17

    Nike rose 1.9% to close at $51.79 per share on December 20, 2016. The stock’s weekly, monthly, and YTD price movements were -0.98%, 1.7%, and -16.2%.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Earnings Report

    Nike in 2015: An Earnings Smash, a Widening Moat, and Record Highs

    Nike released financial results for fiscal 2015 and 4Q15 after the market close on June 25. Both revenue and earnings were way ahead of market expectations.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    The Buzz around Under Armour (UA) Stock

    Under Armour has become the number two player in the US activewear market in 2014, overtaking Adidas. It also benefited from the announcement of its connected fitness purchases earlier this year.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Nike’s Performance Is Compelling, Beating Wall Street Estimates

    Nike’s performance over the past few years has been compelling. The company has beaten consensus Wall Street revenue estimates and earnings estimates.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Under Armour’s Performance Relative to the Sportswear Industry

    Under Armour (UA), which overtook Adidas (ADDYY) last year as the number two US sportswear company, cemented its position in 1Q15.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Under Armour’s Footwear Business versus Skechers and New Balance

    Primarily an apparel player, Under Armour (UA) has stepped up its pace in entering new footwear categories.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Miscellaneous

    IBM Boosted Watson Capabilities through Strategic Acquisitions

    IBM (IBM) is betting heavily on Watson, its cognitive computing platform, to steer the company towards much-needed growth.

    By Anne Shields
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    Earnings Report

    Understanding NIKE’s Pricing Power And Premium Products Tilt

    Innovation and strong consumer demand enable NIKE to add more premium products to its portfolio. But its price-hiking strategies may not work everywhere.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Market Share Gain Spurs NIKE’s North American Footwear Revenues

    In the US, in 2014 year-to-date, NIKE, Converse, and the Jordan brands combined accounted for over 60% of market share in athletic footwear.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    Key Drivers Impacting Under Armour’s Future Financial Performance

    The impact of adverse forex movements on UA’s financial performance may be mitigated somewhat by the stronger retail environment in Europe.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Fund Managers

    Lone Pine Capital Sold Its Stake in The Gap

    In February 2015, The Gap declared its 4Q14 results and reported net sales of $4.71 billion, compared with $4.58 billion for 4Q13, an increase of 3%.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    North America: The Critical Market For Under Armour

    In 2013, the company had 117 factory-house stores and 6 brand stores in North America. Store rollout is up and is expected to be stronger going forward.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Can Nike Regain Footing with Its Adaptive Lacing Footwear?

    In early March, Nike showcased its new self-lacing footwear. Also known as “HyperAdapt 1.0,” the shoes tighten up when the foot is placed inside them.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Earnings Report

    Why Nike Could Win the 1Q16 Heat in North America

    Nike may see strong traction in North America in 1Q16. Currency factors that tend to temper its top-line growth elsewhere have less impact on the segment.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Earnings Report

    How Did Columbia Sportswear Perform in 4Q15 and 2015?

    Columbia Sportswear (COLM) rose by 13.7% to close at $55.54 per share at the end of the second week of February 2016.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Consumer

    Why Lululemon’s Profit Margins Are Trumping The Company’s Peers’

    LULU’s gross profit margin slipped from 55.7% in fiscal 2013 to 52.8% in fiscal 2014. The company’s operating profit margin slipped from 27.5% to 24.6%.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Under Armour: The Nature Of Its Business, Product Portfolio

    UA’s product, marketing, and sales teams each play an active role in the design process. This collaboration helps control brand and product consistency.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Under Armour’s 4Q15 Revenue Performance Boosted by Curry Two Slam Dunk

    Under Armour’s sales grew by 30.8% in 4Q15 to ~$1.2 billion. Its 2015 sales rose by 28.5% to almost $4 billion, beating its own guidance of $3.9 billion.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Europe and China Hike Under Armour’s International Performance

    For fiscal 2015, Under Armour posted international sales of $454 million—a 69% rise over 2014. In 4Q15, the company’s international sales rose by 69.8% YoY.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Under Armour Partners with IBM and SAP to Widen Connected Fitness Potential

    Under Armour’s revenues from its Connected Fitness initiative came in at $53 million in 2015, which was up from $19 million in 2014.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Why Is Under Armour’s 4Q15 EPS Soaring over Low Profitability?

    In 4Q15, Under Armour’s adjusted EPS came in at $0.48, beating the consensus Wall Street analyst estimate of $0.46 by 4.4%.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    What are Nike’s Earnings Prospects in Fiscal 3Q16?

    Nike’s EPS (earnings per share) have grown at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 13.9% over the last five fiscal years.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    How Do Nike’s North American Prospects Look in 3Q16?

    North America is Nike’s (NKE) largest segment in terms of both revenue and operating profit.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Why Is Nike Focusing on the Direct-To-Consumer Channel?

    Nike’s (NKE) DTC (direct-to-consumer) (XLY) (FXD) channel includes sales made online on Nike.com and through its own retail stores.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Nike Moves a Step Ahead with Innovation-Driven Growth

    Innovation has been the cornerstone of Nike’s growth across the globe. It’s why the company has been able to sell more at higher prices.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Nike’s E-Commerce Business Could See More Acceleration Ahead

    Nike saw $1.2 billion in e-commerce sales in fiscal 2015. It grew its e-commerce sales by 56% in fiscal 3Q16, reporting higher traffic and conversion rates.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Why Lululemon Athletica Expects Stronger Sales in Fiscal 4Q16

    Growth company Lululemon Athletica (LULU) has revised its fourth quarter (fiscal 4Q16) and full-year (fiscal 2016) revenue guidance upwards.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    E-Commerce: A High-Growth Business for Lululemon Athletica

    E-commerce was one of the reasons Lululemon Athletica (LULU) had an upbeat performance in fiscal 2016. It posted e-commerce sales of almost $402 million, a 25% increase year-over-year.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Could Lululemon Have Above-Category Growth in Fiscal 2017?

    In fiscal 2017, Lululemon Athletica (LULU) expects to grow revenue 10.9%– 13.3%, or $2.29 billion–$2.34 billion. Same-store sales growth is expected in the mid-single-digit range.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Five-Year Plan: Lululemon’s Long-Term Vision and Goals

    Over the next five years, Lululemon Athletica (LULU) is aiming to double its revenue to $4 billion with an expected mid-single-digit growth rate in store comps.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    What Is Wall Street Projecting for Under Armour’s 1Q16 Revenue?

    According to the Wall Street analyst consensus, Under Armour is expected to post revenues of $1.04 billion in the quarter, an increase of 28.8% over 1Q15.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    What Drove Under Armour’s 30% Revenue Jump in 1Q16?

    Under Armour (UA) grew revenue by 30% to $1.05 billion in 1Q16. This was the company’s 24th straight quarter of more than 20% growth in its top line.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Why Under Armour’s Footwear Sales Growth Is Accelerating

    Under Armour’s (UA) footwear business registered an impressive 64.2% growth (VUG) rate in 1Q16 versus 1Q15. Footwear sales came in at $264 million in the quarter.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    What Led to Under Armour’s Massive International Growth in 1Q16?

    Under Armour’s (UA) international sales grew 55.6% to almost $150 million in 1Q16. Sales growth in overseas markets came in at 64.6% in currency-neutral terms.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Under Armour Looks at Aggressive Growth outside North America

    Under Armour has added 250 shop-in-shops in Europe with retail partners as well as points of distribution in north and south Africa, the Middle East, and Turkey.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Foot Wars: Why Under Armour’s Shoes Are Selling at Higher Prices

    Under Armour (UA) has increasingly looked to “premiumize” its product line. Its signature Curry Two shoe retailed $10 higher than the Curry One and still experienced very strong sell-through.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    How Much Has Under Armour Increased Revenue Guidance?

    Under Armour raised the higher end of its 2016 operating income estimate to $503 million–$507 million, implying a growth rate of 23.1%–24.1% over 2015.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Athleisurewear Giants: Which Companies Dominate Activewear?

    The athleisurewear category has had a boost from higher interest in physical well-being globally and by increased participation by women in sports and other fitness activities.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Women Are Boosting Top-Line Gains for Activewear Retailers

    The growing trend toward more casual apparel at work, higher sports participation, and more fitness activities for women is fueling a boom for activewear.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Outlook: Why Are Activewear Retailers in Expansion Mode?

    Activewear companies are looking to increase sales (XRT) from specific demographic segments, particularly women and young athletes.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    LULU Is Up by ~28% This Year, but What about Its Earnings Outlook?

    Lululemon Athletica’s (LULU) management expects its fiscal 2017 diluted earnings per share to come in at $2.05–$2.15, an implied growth rate of 10.2%–15.6% year-over-year.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    Lululemon’s Latest Outlook: Why Are More Revenue Gains Expected?

    Based on Lululemon Athletica’s (LULU) healthy sales performance in fiscal 1Q17, the company has raised its sales and earnings per share outlook for the year.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Marketing and Branding: How Skechers Sells Its Footwear Products

    To maintain its market share and drive sales, Skechers spends considerable time and effort in marketing activities to promote its footwear globally.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Skechers Strategizes Its Product Sell-Through

    Athletic footwear brand Skechers operates around 525 company-owned retail stores around the world. Of these, around 395 are located in the United States.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Skechers Footwear: Design, Sourcing, and Manufacturing Overview

    Skechers designs footwear with its own in-house design team. However, it doesn’t own or operate any factories in which to conduct its manufacturing.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Mapping Skechers’ Key Future Growth Drivers

    Between the start of 2012 and the end of 1Q16, Skechers added 114 net new stores in the United States and 81 in international markets.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Returns Performance: The Rise of Skechers’ Stock

    After being a loss-making company in 2011, Skechers (SKX) has engineered a resurgence in financial performance from 2012 to the present.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Skechers’ New Stores Are Expected to Propel Its 2016 Growth

    Skechers (SKX) expects to open around 55–65 company-owned retail (XRT) stores in 2016, including 20–25 new store openings in China.

    By Phalguni Soni
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