Nike's Gross Margins

And, FedEx’s “improved profitability.”

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Nike's Gross Margins

Although Nike (NYSE: NKE) reported good holiday season sales, concerns over its business in China sent the stock down 5.77% in after-hours trading on Thursday.

Financials: Nike reported earnings of 98 cents per share in the past quarter and revenue of $12.4 billion; both were better than expected.

Details: Sales in North America were good and the gross margin increased thanks to lower freight and logistics costs.

Yes, But: Nike’s forecast for full-year gross margins was lower than expected. Also, Nike’s business in China continued to disappoint. Sales in China totaled $2.08 billion, which was lower than expected.

Also: Revenue for Converse fell 19%. The company is considering a reduction of some supplies to cut down on costs.

Stock Price: Nike was down 5% in 2024 before these results.

Final Thoughts: Nike’s struggles mirror the same struggles throughout the retail industry. Lower consumer spending is a problem.


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FedEx’s “Improved Profitability”

Shares of FedEx (NYSE: FDX) surged by 12.92% in after-hours trading on Thursday, despite posting mixed financial results.

Financials: FedEx reported earnings of $3.86 per share in the past quarter, which was better than expected. But revenue only reached $21.7 billion, which was lower than expected.

Detail: Operating margins for both FedEx Express and FedEx Ground increased due to more cost-cutting from the company.

Also: FedEx plans to buy back $500 million in stock during the quarter to raise the stock price.

Quote: “FedEx delivered another quarter of improved profitability in what remains a difficult demand environment.” - CEO Raj Subramaniam.

Stock Price: FedEx is up 5% in 2024, including an 8% bump in the last 30 days.

Final Thoughts: FedEx is a good indicator of the overall economy. If FedEx is doing well, the economy generally is also doing well.

Lululemon’s Bad Outlook

Despite posting better-than-expected financial results on Thursday, shares of Lululemon (Nasdaq: LULU) fell 11.24% in after-hours trading.

Powering the Story: Lululemon only expects revenue in the current quarter to be in the range of $2.175 billion to $2.200 billion, which is lower than anticipated.

Final Thoughts: Lululemon was down 5% in 2024 before these results. The company is struggling as consumers become more picky.

Upvote: Reddit Shares Soar in Long-Awaited IPO (Wall Street Journal)

Bad Results: Accenture Lowers Fiscal-Year Revenue Guidance, Shares Tumble (Investor’s Business Daily)

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