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Why Dicks Sporting Goods Inc's Shares Jumped 10% in March

By Travis Hoium - Apr 7, 2016 at 10:30AM

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A big competitor filing for bankruptcy helped Dicks Sporting Goods Inc's shares last month.

Image source: Dick's Sporting Goods.

What: Shares of Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (DKS 0.14%) rose 10% in March, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence, after a big competitor filed for bankruptcy. 

So what: Dicks Sporting Goods reported fourth quarter earnings and said quarterly revenue rose 3.7% to $2.2 billion, although net income fell from $155.5 million a year ago to $129.0 million, or $1.13 per share. 

The bigger story long-term may be that competitor Sports Authority filed for bankruptcy in March and said it will close 140 stores. This eliminates a lot of competition for Dicks, and could allow the company to steal market share in the sporting goods market.

Now what: Fourth quarter results were actually below analysts' expectations slightly, but the market shrugged off the earnings miss, looking to the long-term instead. That's good for investors, because the loss of a big competitor will help drive more traffic to Dicks. The threat from online retail is real, but there's a lot of value in a local sporting goods store, and with shares now trading at 15 times earnings I think there's room for the stock to grow long-term.

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