Nike Sees Huge Gains After Exceeding Profit Forecasts

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Shares of Nike (NKE) climbed 3% in after-hours trading when the clothing and apparel maker reported better than expected quarterly profit and earnings.

Nike reported 3% higher quarterly adjusted earnings per share of 78 cents, beating forecasts calling for a profit of 75 cents. Revenue for the quarter rose 11% to $7.4 billion, topping estimates for $7.34 billion.

The company said strong profitability in its products and a reduced number of shares outstanding due to buybacks allowed it to overcome the negative hit of foreign exchange rates, greater investments and a higher tax rate.

Shares of Nike rose 39 cents, or 0.5%, to close at $76.86 during regular trading.

Analysts remain bullish on the company’s stock, with the average analyst rating it an “outperform,” says S&P Capital IQ. Shares of Nike have been lagging this year, falling 2.3% versus the roughly 7% gain by the Standard & Poor’s 500. Investors have feared that growing growth in emerging parts of the world would crimp Nike’s revenue growth.

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SOURCE: Matt Krantz 
USA Today Money

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