Management at sporting goods retailer Dick's Sporting Goods ( DKS) has done a solid job of transitioning to the current shifts characterizing the retail sector, however, must do more to clear difficult hurdles, Credit Suisse noted on Thursday.

"We believe Dick's is doing some very positive things to transition its model, add new layers of differentiation, add new growth drivers and leverage its power in the industry," Credit Suisse analyst Seth Sigman noted after meeting with Dick's management team.

However, Sigman cautioned that the sports apparel retailer is not out of the woods yet.

"It's difficult to see the stock working until, first, it clears the difficult 2H comparison hurdle, and second, like many other retailers, it provides better visibility on the investment outlook (which should be forthcoming) and EPS growth trajectory past 2017," Sigman added.

What's Hot On TheStreet

Happy birthday iPhone: Apple's (AAPL) iPhone turns 10 years old today! What an amazing product Steve Jobs and his team created. But, as TheStreet's Natalie Walters points out, the next five years for Apple could be radically different. Sales could well be boosted by new, non-iPhone products such as smart glasses and autonomous car technologies. Walters also mentions that iPhone demand may peak in 2019.

Blue Apron falters: Blue Apron (APRN) plans an initial public offering on Thursday seeking a valuation of about $2 billion. That's down significantly from a $3.2 billion valuation it had previously hoped to achieve. In the public sphere, the New York-based meal kit delivery service's IPO comes at an unsettling time, points out TheStreet's Ron Orol, as the markets begin to digest Amazon Inc.'s (AMZN) mega $13.4 billion acquisition of Whole Foods Market Inc. (WFM) . Moreover, investors have questioned Blue Apron's business model -- it hasn't turned a profit since 2012 due to rising marketing and distribution costs.

Regulators outsmarted: With questions swirling whether its combination would get approved by regulators, Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) and Rite-Aid (RAD) struck a clever deal on Thursday. Walgreens will pay $5.175 billion to Rite-Aid in cash and receive 2,186 stores in return. Walgreens will also pay Rite-Aid a $325 million termination fee for its planned buyout of the company.

Walgreens will be an even bigger drug-selling beast, with more than 15,000 stores spanning 11 countries. As for Rite-Aid, it will be left with about 2,300 stores once the deal closes in six months.

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