Why Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS) Stock Is Lower In Pre-Market Trading Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. (DKS) are down by 1.44% to $45.23 in pre-market trading on Tuesday, following a ratings downgrade to "market perform" from "outperform" at Wells Fargo (WFC) .

The firms said it lowered its rating on the sporting goods retailer as it believes shifting to e-commerce will hurt the company's margins.

Wells reduced its price target range on the stock to between $43 and $46, from $47 to $50.STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates DICKS SPORTING GOODS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate DICKS SPORTING GOODS INC (DKS) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 0.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.3%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 71.24% to $138.30 million when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 21.88%.
  • DKS's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.00 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.18 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • DICKS SPORTING GOODS INC's earnings per share declined by 14.9% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, DICKS SPORTING GOODS INC increased its bottom line by earning $2.70 versus $2.31 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.79 versus $2.70).
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: DKS Ratings Report

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