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Under Armour Reaches New High

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Shares of Under Armour Inc. hit a 52-week high of $108.72 on Jan 31, 2014, since this sports apparel retailer posted outstanding fourth-quarter 2013 results. This Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stock emerged strong amid an environment where many retailers grappled with aggressive promotional strategies at the expense of margins to gain market share during the holiday season.

The stock closed at $108.11 on the last trading day, amassing a significantly high return of 112.5% over the past one year.

The company currently trades at a forward P/E of 58.8x, a substantial premium to the peer group average of 17.32x. The last traded price is 27.6% above the Zacks Consensus average analyst price target of $84.70. Average volume of shares traded over the last 3 months stands at approximately 1,105.4K.

Investors remained optimistic about the stock’s performance as its quarterly earnings of 59 cents a share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 54 cents and increased considerably from 47 cents earned in the year-ago quarter. The better-than-expected results provided much impetus to the stock, which on an average has delivered a positive earnings surprise of roughly 26.6% over the last 7 quarters.

The company also has a long-term EPS growth of 22.5%, greater than the peer group growth rate of 11.7%, further adding optimism to the investors’ outlook.

Moreover, aided by strong performance of the Apparel, Footwear and Accessories categories, total revenue came in at $682.8 million, up 35% year over year and ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $620 million.

After having witnessed strong year-over-year performances across all its segments, Under Armour now projects 2014 net revenue in the band of $2.84 billion to $2.87 billion, up 22% to 23% from the prior year and operating income between $326 million and $329 million, reflecting growth of 23% to 24% year-over-year.

Further, the company’s endeavors to keep itself on the growth trajectory is well evident from its acquisition of MapMyFitness, opening the first two UA Brand House retail outlets, and sustained investments to strengthen Women's, Footwear and International operations.

Other than Under Armour, Clearwater Paper Corp. (CLW - Free Report) , Burger King Worldwide, Inc. and Honeywell International Inc. (HON - Free Report) also reached highs of $57.31, $24.57 and $92.15 respectively, on Jan 31, 2014.

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