Are All-Time High Prices Supported In Nike?

With shares of Nike (NYSE:NKE) trading around $65, is NKE an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:

T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement

Nike is engaged in the design, development, and worldwide marketing and selling of footwear, apparel, equipment, accessories and services. The company sells its products to retail accounts, through retail stores and Internet sales, and through a mix of independent distributors and licensees around the world. Nike focuses its product offerings in seven key categories: Running, Basketball, Soccer, Men’s Training, Women’s Training, Nike Sportswear and Action Sports. It also markets products designed for kids, as well as for other athletic and recreational uses. As the staying active and fitness movement sees progress, Nike is a company that is poised to see rising profits.

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T = Technicals on the Stock Chart are Strong

Nike stock has been seeing an explosive run higher over the last several years. In fact, the stock is currently trading at all-time high pricees. Analyzing the price trend and its strength can be done using key simple moving averages. What are the key moving averages? The 50-day (pink), 100-day (blue), and 200-day (yellow) simple moving averages. As seen in the daily price chart below, Nike is trading above its rising key averages which signal neutral to bullish price action in the near-term.

NKE

(Source: Thinkorswim)

Taking a look at the implied volatility (red) and implied volatility skew levels of Nike options may help determine if investors are bullish, neutral, or bearish.

Implied Volatility (IV)

30-Day IV Percentile

90-Day IV Percentile

Nike Options

19.45%

23%

20%

What does this mean? This means that investors or traders are buying a small amount of call and put options contracts, as compared to the last 30 and 90 trading days.

Put IV Skew

Call IV Skew

June Options

Flat

Average

July Options

Flat

Average

As of today, there is an average demand from call buyers or sellers and low demand by put buyers or high demand by put sellers, all neutral to bullish over the next two months. To summarize, investors are buying a small amount of call and put option contracts and are leaning neutral to bullish over the next two months.

On the next page, let’s take a look at the earnings and revenue growth rates and the conclusion.

E = Earnings Are Increasing Quarter-Over-Quarter

Rising stock prices are often strongly correlated with rising earnings and revenue growth rates. Also, the last four quarterly earnings announcement reactions help gauge investor sentiment on Nike’s stock. What do the last four quarterly earnings and revenue growth (Y-O-Y) figures for Nike look like and more importantly, how did the markets like these numbers?

2012 Q4

2012 Q3

2012 Q2

2012 Q1

Earnings Growth (Y-O-Y)

58.33%

-16.00%

-9.56%

-5.42%

Revenue Growth (Y-O-Y)

9.39%

7.37%

9.67%

21.97%

Earnings Reaction

11.06%

6.16%

-1.12%

-9.39%

Nike has seen mixed earnings and increasing revenue figures over the last four quarters. From these figures, the markets have been pleased with Nike’s recent earnings announcements.

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P = Average Relative Performance Versus Peers and Sector

How has Nike stock done relative to its peers, Crocs (NASDAQ:CROX), Deckers Outdoor (NASDAQ:DECK), Under Armour (NYSE:UA), and sector?

Nike

Crocs

Deckers Outdoor

Under Armour

Sector

Year-to-Date Return

26.67%

18.62%

31.02%

27.88%

19.56%

Nike has been an average performer, year-to-date.

Conclusion

Nike provides athletic footwear and apparel during a highly demanding time to consumers, athletes, and companies worldwide. The stock has been surging higher over the last few years and is now trading at all-time high prices. Earnings have been mixed while revenues have seen a steady increase over the last four quarters, overall pleasing investors. Relative to its strong peers and sector, Nike has been an average year-to-date performer. Look for Nike to OUTPERFORM.

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