UA - Under Armour, Inc.

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
-0.20 (-0.99%)
At close: 4:03PM EDT

20.10 0.00 (0.00%)
After hours: 5:15PM EDT

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Previous Close20.30
Bid20.15 x 1000
Ask20.16 x 1300
Day's Range19.94 - 20.29
52 Week Range14.16 - 23.28
Avg. Volume2,230,356
Market Cap9.485B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.93
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
EPS (TTM)-0.10
Earnings DateApr 25, 2018 - Apr 30, 2018
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend DateN/A
1y Target Est15.00
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    In 2019, investors have been looking for stocks to buy -- not stocks to sell. A broad market selloff toward the end of last year admittedly created some bargains. Key sectors like energy, semiconductors and software offered their share of bargains.This year obviously has been very different. The S&P 500 has gained 16%, and the gains have been spread across the entire U.S. equity market. Among stocks with a market capitalization over $300 million, just 559 -- or 16% -- are down year-to-date. A greater number of those stocks -- 771 -- have gained at least 30%.In that group are some stocks that simply became too cheap amid the fourth quarter plunge. Others have soared thanks to strong performance. 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That document is publicly available via dropbox, and even if only half-true, is still rather damning.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsOn the other hand, even if true, it's not exactly shocking, nor is it game-changing. Avenatti's involvement itself may further muster public support of Nike. * 8 Risky Stocks to Watch as Earnings Season Kicks Off Extortion Claims and Nike StockIf the name rings a bell, there's a reason. Michael Avenatti is the same lawyer that represented porn film star Stormy Daniels in her legal battle against President Donald Trump. Avenatti also represented Brett Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick.His recent track record is less than solid. Kavanaugh became a Supreme Court justice, and Daniels now owes Trump nearly $300,000 in legal fees over a now-dismissed defamation lawsuit.Somehow high-profile scandals seem to find the attorney. Or, he finds high-profile scandals.The latest row with Nike looks and seems like the latter.That is, in March, Avenatti publicly threatened to release what he claimed was proof of bribery unless Nike wrote Avenetti a check for as much as $20 million in exchange for his silence on the matter.In a private phone conversation with Nike's attorneys, allegedly heard by law enforcement officials, Avenatti went on to threaten doing damage to the sports apparel company's market cap by reducing the value of Nike stock.Though the court of public opinion may be even more powerful than the judicial system in this era, it's still a poor legal strategy. Avenatti was not acting on behalf of anyone claiming to be injured by Nike's actions. It appeared, for all intents and purposes, he had gathered data for the sole purpose of forcing Nike to pay him a large sum of money.Going public with the claim rather than approaching Nike privately only forced the organization to double down on its defense.His arrest in March suggests federal prosecutors are thinking along those same lines. Allegations and ResponseThe 41 page document appears to show email exchanges, text messaging threads, banks statements and other evidence involving Nike Elite Youth Basketball executives Carlton DeBose and Jamal James. The document also implicates Gary Franklin, of California Supreme Youth Basketball, as the person who largely carried out what's roughly $170,000 worth of bribes made over the course of the past several years.The document also alleges Nike paid money to Zion Williamson's mother, Sharonda Sampson.Williamson, a freshman, played basketball for Nike-sponsored Duke University this season, and is widely expected to be a first round NBA draft pick later this year, where he's almost assured a lucrative endorsement deal.Under Armour (NYSE:UAA, NYSE:UA), Puma and Adidas (OTCMKTS:ADDYY) are all potential brands Williamson could partner with, though through Duke he's clearly familiar with Nike.Nike's response thus far has been modest, but effectively so. The company has only commented:"Nike will not respond to the allegations of an individual facing federal charges of fraud and extortion and aid in his disgraceful attempts to distract from the athletes on the court at the height of the tournament. Nike will continue its cooperation with the government's investigation into grassroots basketball and the related extortion case."The sports apparel organization may be hoping the media and Avenatti's dinged reputation will be enough to deflate the matter. It's not a bad bet.But, are any of the accusations true?That remains to be seen, though it would be bold for Avanetti to fabricate an entire 41 pages of false documentation, particularly given he's facing up to 100 years in jail if extortion charges against him stick.But, bolstering his argument are the October revelations of the findings from an FBI investigation that sought to identify how, and to what extent, athletes were being compensated beyond scholarships to play for a particular school. The under-the-table cash payments are, to put it bluntly, sizeable and not abnormal for most schools and brands. Bottom Line for Nike StockThough ugly, the matter is neither surprising nor troubling for investors and consumers that have largely become desensitized to questionable decisions. While two wrongs don't make a right, a series of wrongs at least levels the playing field. It would be surprising is Nike wasn't doing something akin to what Avanetti has alleged.It's just the nature of the beast. There's very little left that's "amateurish" about collegiate sports, which has become a multibillion dollar business as well as a proving ground for potential professional sports stars.For better or worse, this has all been quietly, tacitly built into the price of Nike stock. Avanetti's claims aren't something investors didn't quietly suspect already. It simply lays out more details of those suspicions.Avanetti's name being attached to the accusation only weakens the accusation.It's not a matter that's going to do grave damage to the company's stature.As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can learn more about James at his site,, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. 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    Athleisure clothing is one of the hottest trends out there in apparel stocks today. Athleisure, for those unfamiliar, is comfortable clothing that is designed for exercise but is also appropriate for everyday wear. Particularly with time-strapped, on-the-move millenials, athleisure clothing is riding a huge wave of interest.What a lot of investors might not understand is that younger consumers are wearing these clothes everywhere, not just to the gym. Athleisure clothing has even started showing up in some workplaces. That has set up athletic apparel stocks with a great opportunity to make investors money as this trend moves from the gym to everyday life.Not all clothing companies are created equal, however. Some have come into the space more quickly than others. Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ:LULU) practically invented the category, and a few other apparel companies wisely followed Lululemon's lead.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * The 10 Fastest-Growing Stocks to Invest In Right Now Here are four of the most promising athleisure stocks in 2019. Lululemon (LULU)Source: Shutterstock Morgan Stanley estimates that between 2007 and 2018, activewear sales rose from just under $200 billion annually, globally, to $325 billion. They see that number topping $350 billion in 2020. While athleisure is just a part of that figure, it has clearly been driving much of the overall growth. Overall apparel sales, by contrast, have been growing at just 2% annually worldwide.And we can give Lululemon all the credit for finding the trend early, and continuing to ride it. Investors looked down on LULU stock for just being a fad years ago. LULU stock traded sideways for years as people thought they would never outgrow being a yoga pants store. Over the past year, however, LULU stock has doubled as the brand has proven it can grow sales outside of its traditional markets. Most impressively, Lululemon is making increasing inroads in the male apparel market.Make no mistake, LULU stock is really expensive. At 49x trailing and 37x forward earnings, you need a lot to go right for Lululemon to keep appreciating. The stock did just make a fresh new all-time high on Thursday, after all. But if you want to play a trend, you're often best riding the industry leader. There's no disputing that Lululemon has its finger on the pulse of the athleisure movement. If athleisure continues to surge, LULU stock will continue its winning ways. Nike (NKE)Source: rodrigofranca via FlickrI recently warned not to buy Nike (NYSE:NKE) stock yet on the dip. So don't take this as a call that you need to own Nike stock immediately here. The company announced a mixed earnings report, and for now, we must be careful to see if it is the start of a trend. Unfortunately, with a company as large as Nike, there are a ton of moving parts that can overshadow the growing athleisure part of the business.Near-term complications, such as trade wars and weakness in China could keep NKE stock down in coming the months.For a longer-term investment, however, NKE stock makes a ton of sense. It's indisputably the leading apparel brand around the globe, and Nike has been quick to adapt to the athleisure trend. It may not have beaten Lululemon to the punch, but it has quickly gotten on board. * Top 10 Index Funds to Build a Retirement On Nike has innovated greatly in women's apparel in recent years to make sure that it is front and center in the more casual everyday athletic space. That reaches from traditional things such as better marketing to innovative product designs and more capable and comfortable fabrics. Nike, not surprisingly given its global reach, has been able to move into top position, ranking No. 1 in total athleisure sales according to Euromonitor. The Gap (GPS)Source: Shutterstock The Gap (NYSE:GPS) probably isn't the first name you think of when you consider athleisure stocks. However, it should be near the top of your radar. That's because The Gap is undergoing what could be a very profitable transformation.Recently, The Gap confirmed speculation that it will be spinning off Old Navy as a separate company. Of The Gap's four big brands, Old Navy has the best operating profit margins and it is still growing nicely. The Gap stock has arguably struggled in recent years because it is mixed in with Banana Republic and The Gap, both of which are mature, low-growth brands with much lower profit margins.Lost in the shuffle, however, is The Gap's other brand, the athleisure hit Athleta. Once Old Navy is established as its own business, that will leave Athleta as the high-growth face of The Gap going forward. Athleta is coming up on $1 billion in annual sales and just passed 150 stores, leaving it with about half the footprint of Lululemon so far. That gives it plenty more room to grow. Its sales trends remain reasonably strong, particularly in girl's apparel. Athleta has been living under the shadow of Old Navy. Once the spinoff is complete, look for upside in Gap stock, which is currently yielding almost 4% and trading at 11x forward earnings. Under Armour (UAA)Source: Shutterstock If you're looking for a bargain in this red-hot sector, you'll want to take a look at Under Armour (NYSE:UA, NYSE:UAA). Okay, bargain is in the eye of the beholder. At 35x forward earnings or so, UAA stock is still way more expensive than Gap on earnings. But earnings could turn around here quickly.As it is, Under Armour stock is still down close to 20% from its recent highs, and is still down more than 50% from its peak a few years back. Under Armour fell off the pace as its basketball shoe sales gave in to the inevitable and fell behind Nike again after a hot streak. But there's more to the business than basketball. * 10 Dangerous Dividend Stocks to Avoid Unfortunately, some of Under Armour's efforts into athleisure failed to pay off as much as expected. As a result, the company is changing up its approach. CEO Kevin Plank noted that many buyers of athleisure products never actually exercise -- they simply like the look and feel. Under Armour is instead deciding to double down on what made it great in the first place: athletic performance. Under Armour aims to create more stylish lines that achieve superior performance to the competition. It's still a question if Under Armour can pull it off, but with UAA stock down this far, the reward will be great if the company can turn things around.At the time of this writing, Ian Bezek did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can reach him on Twitter at @irbezek. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Medical Marijuana Stocks to Cure Your Portfolio * 8 Best Stocks to Buy for an April Rally * Top 20 Stocks to Buy for 20-Somethings! Compare Brokers The post 4 of the Best Athleisure Stocks to Ride the Trend appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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