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Foot Locker Hits 52-Week High on Q3 Results, Growth Efforts


New York City-based Foot Locker, Inc. FL looks promising, backed by its strong brand recognition, solid third-quarter fiscal 2016 results and innovative strategies, all underscoring its inherent strength.

Driven by these factors, this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company hit a 52-week high of $74.74 on Nov 25, though it eventually closed lower at $73.93. Also, the stock has surged nearly 35.1% in the past six months.

FOOT LOCKER INC Price and Consensus

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Foot Locker is one of the widely recognized names in the athletic footwear and apparel industry. The company boasts a strong portfolio of leading brands under a variety of store banners that helps it to target specific markets and effectively meet consumer demand.

Sturdy comparable-store sales performance and cost containment efforts helped Foot Locker to continue registering year-over-year growth in both the top and bottom lines in third-quarter fiscal 2016. Moreover, the stellar performance was backed by effective implementation of its operational and financial initiatives. (Read more: Foot Locker Posts Positive Q3 Earnings Surprise)

International expansion, especially in Europe, is another growth catalyst. Also, Foot Locker is focused on augmenting its eCommerce platform, growing direct-to-consumer operations, margin expansion and tapping underpenetrated markets. Further, the company is actively managing its cash flows − via investment in new store openings, remodeling projects, digital capabilities as well as shareholder-friendly moves.

Additionally, we note that continuous exploitation of opportunities such as kids’ and women’s business, shop-in-shop expansion, store refurbishment and enhancement of assortments are likely to benefit the company, going forward. However, a competitive retail landscape, fashion obsolescence and foreign currency headwinds remain concerns.

Apart from Foot Locker, Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. FDP also hit a 52-week high of $66.86.

Stocks that Warrant a Look

Some better-ranked stocks in the same industry include The Children's Place, Inc. PLCE and Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. BOOT.

The Children's Place, with a long-term earnings growth rate of 10.3%, has jumped nearly 91.4% year to date. The stock sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Boot Barn, with a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), has a long-term earnings growth rate of 14.5%. The stock has soared 120.3% in the past six months.

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