UAA - Under Armour, Inc.

NYSE - Nasdaq Real Time Price. Currency in USD
22.17
+0.01 (+0.02%)
As of 12:06PM EDT. Market open.
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Previous Close22.16
Open22.06
Bid22.11 x 1800
Ask22.12 x 800
Day's Range21.82 - 22.17
52 Week Range16.25 - 24.96
Volume983,582
Avg. Volume4,851,691
Market Cap9.317B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.71
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
EPS (TTM)-0.10
Earnings DateMay 2, 2019
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend DateN/A
1y Target Est21.20
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  • Watch CNBC's exclusive interview with Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank
    CNBC Videos7 days ago

    Watch CNBC's exclusive interview with Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank

    Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank joins "Squawk on the Street" via phone to discuss the company's sponsored teams that made it into the Final Four, and about the retail industry.

  • Porter's 5 Forces on Under Armour (UA)
    Investopedia2 days ago

    Porter's 5 Forces on Under Armour (UA)

    Learn about Under Armour and how it differentiates itself in the competitive athletic apparel industry in light of Porter's Five Forces model.

  • Is Under Armour Inc (UA) A Good Stock To Buy?
    Insider Monkey3 days ago

    Is Under Armour Inc (UA) A Good Stock To Buy?

    Hedge funds are known to underperform the bull markets but that's not because they are terrible at stock picking. Hedge funds underperform because their net exposure in only 40-70% and they charge exorbitant fees. No one knows what the future holds and how market participants will react to the bountiful news that floods in each […]

  • MarketWatch3 days ago

    Under Armour's North American president steps down

    Under Armour Inc.'s North American president, Jason LaRose, will step down from his role effective April 30, 2019, the athletic company announced in a filing. Patrik Frisk, Under Armour's chief operating officer, will head up the North American business on an interim basis. Under Armour is scheduled to announce first-quarter earnings on May 2 before the opening bell. Under Armour shares have gained 8.2% over the last three months roughly in line with the S&P 500 index , which is up 8.8% for the period.

  • Under Armour's North America head to depart at end of April
    American City Business Journals4 days ago

    Under Armour's North America head to depart at end of April

    Jason LaRose has worked at the Baltimore-based Under Armour since 2013 and led the sportswear maker's North America business since October 2016.

  • Under Armour Announces First Quarter Earnings And Conference Call Date
    PR Newswire4 days ago

    Under Armour Announces First Quarter Earnings And Conference Call Date

    BALTIMORE , April 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Under Armour, Inc. (NYSE: UA, UAA) plans to release the results of its first quarter (ended March 31, 2019 ) on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 6:55 a.m. ET . Following ...

  • A Glance at Skechers’s Valuation before Its Q1 Results
    Market Realist5 days ago

    A Glance at Skechers’s Valuation before Its Q1 Results

    Will Skechers's Q1 Results Help the Stock Keep Up Its Strong Run?(Continued from Prior Part)Valuation compared to peers As of April 15, Skechers (SKX) was trading at a 12-month forward PE ratio of 16.2x. Skechers is currently trading at a lower

  • Will Skechers’s Q1 Results Help the Stock Keep Up Its Strong Run?
    Market Realist6 days ago

    Will Skechers’s Q1 Results Help the Stock Keep Up Its Strong Run?

    Will Skechers's Q1 Results Help the Stock Keep Up Its Strong Run?Strong year-to-date movement Skechers (SKX) stock was up 52.2% on a year-to-date basis as of April 15. The footwear company is scheduled to report its first-quarter results on April

  • Under Armour is attracting older customers while teens prefer Nike and Vans
    MarketWatch11 days ago

    Under Armour is attracting older customers while teens prefer Nike and Vans

    The latest report from B. Riley suggests that Under Armour is losing favor with younger shoppers, but gaining with older ones.

  • COLM or UAA: Which Is the Better Value Stock Right Now?
    Zacks11 days ago

    COLM or UAA: Which Is the Better Value Stock Right Now?

    COLM vs. UAA: Which Stock Is the Better Value Option?

  • Do Analysts Expect UAA’s Profitability to Improve in 2019?
    Market Realist12 days ago

    Do Analysts Expect UAA’s Profitability to Improve in 2019?

    Under Armour Stock Rises as Citigroup Upgrades Its Rating(Continued from Prior Part)Performance in 2018 Under Armour’s (UAA) adjusted EPS rose to $0.09 in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to $0.00 in the fourth quarter of 2017 and exceeded

  • This Turnaround Stock Scores Upgrade As Under Armour 'Grows Up' To Focus On Profit
    Investor's Business Daily12 days ago

    This Turnaround Stock Scores Upgrade As Under Armour 'Grows Up' To Focus On Profit

    Under Armour is growing up, Citigroup said Wednesday, citing a renewed focus by the athletic apparel maker on profit. Shares rose.

  • Under Armour Stock Rises as Citigroup Upgrades Its Rating
    Market Realist12 days ago

    Under Armour Stock Rises as Citigroup Upgrades Its Rating

    Under Armour Stock Rises as Citigroup Upgrades Its RatingRating upgrade Under Armour (UAA) stock had risen 2.0% as of 1:26 PM EDT on April 10 after Citigroup upgraded its rating to a “buy” from a “neutral,” citing the company’s renewed

  • CNBC12 days ago

    Stocks making the biggest moves midday: Under Armour, Tesla, Lyft, First Solar & more

    Shares of Tesla rose more than 1% after lawmakers began to push to expand federal tax credits for buyers of electric vehicles. New York University professor Aswath Damodaran said Tuesday on CNBC that shares should be trading closer to $59 per share , cutting down $3 billion off the ride-sharing company's $18 billion valuation. First Solar FSLR — Shares of First Solar soared more than 8%, on pace for its best day of the year, after Goldman Sachs added the stock to its "Americas Conviction List," while reiterating its buy rating and raising the stock's price target to $75 from $64.

  • Barrons.com12 days ago

    Under Armour Stock Rebounds Because an Analyst Says It’s Finally Focusing on Profits

    Shares of (UAA) battered yesterday amid concerns over the strength of its brand, recovered Wednesday after an analyst upgraded the shares while suggesting a nearly 40% return for the stock. Under Armour stock (UAA) was recently up 2.3% to $21.18 as Citi Research analyst Paul Lejuez, who took over coverage of the company from a colleague, upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral and boosted the price target by $6 to $29, above FactSet’s average around the current price. “Under Armour has grown up, with a renewed focus on driving profitability and return on invested capital,” Lejuez wrote.

  • Lack Of Innovation Is Stifling Under Armour
    InvestorPlace12 days ago

    Lack Of Innovation Is Stifling Under Armour

    Broadly speaking, I'm a big athletic apparel bull. The thesis is pretty straightforward. Thanks to Instagram and Snapchat culture, consumers today are more obsessed than ever with looking active, fit and healthy. A big part of this look is wearing the right clothes, and the right clothes lie somewhere in the overlap of athletic fit, lifestyle fashion and multipurpose utility. Brands like Nike (NYSE:NKE), Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU), and Adidas (OTCMKTS:ADDYY) check off all those boxes. That's why each of those stocks is up more than 40% over the past three years, with LULU and ADDYY stocks both up more than 100%.Source: Shutterstock But, one athletic apparel stock which I've been unwilling to consistently ring the bull horn on is Under Armour (NYSE:UAA). This company has simply failed to meaningfully pivot its brand to align with broad consumer interests and trends. This failure to pivot has ultimately stifled UAA stock. While its big three peers are all up more than 40% over the past three years, UAA stock is down around 50% over that same stretch.Unfortunately, things won't get much better for UAA stock anytime soon.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe reality is that this brand continues to take the wrong steps. There's a serious lack of product innovation relative to Nike, Lululemon, and Adidas. The brand continues to fail to pivot into the lifestyle category, which is where all the growth will be going forward. Meanwhile, brand equity is being by diluted because management is trying to boost sales by selling through lower priced channels, and mind-share and popularity are in free fall. * 10 Dow Jones Stocks Holding the Blue Chip Index Back Overall, things aren't pretty here, but this is the right space. As such, UAA stock is a buy at the price -- but we aren't at the right price just yet. Data Shows That Under Armour Is LosingThe big idea here is that Under Armour is making all the wrong moves in the right space. Consider the following: * The big-growth niche in the athletic apparel space is in the convergence of athletic and leisure styles, since most consumers are wearing these clothes to be comfy and look good, and can't really tell the difference in terms of performance. Yet, Under Armour has failed to pivot into the lifestyle approach, and instead continues to double down on performance. Consequently, according to both a Piper Jaffray survey and B. Riley survey, Under Armour is largely an afterthought in the broader footwear category, whereas Nike and Adidas are powerhouses. * Within the performance segment, Nike and Adidas are innovating rapidly, launching new styles often and pioneering things such as self-lacing sneakers. Under Armour is not launching new styles as quickly, and is behind the curve on breakthrough sneaker technology. Consequently, Under Armour is even losing share in the performance basketball market, per the aforementioned B. Riley survey. * Under Armour continues to sell aggressively into lower-priced distribution channels like Kohl's (NYSE:KSS), and as our own Vince Martin points out, it's that lower-priced product that is moving, not the premium product. Thus, brand equity is being diluted, and that hurts the brand's public image. Look no further that the results of the aforementioned Piper Jaffray survey, which show that Under Armour has been the top "downtrending brand" among male teens for two consecutive years.In sum, Under Armour is simply not making the right moves in the athletic apparel space, and the result is that popularity, mind-share, and market-share are all dropping. UAA Stock Isn't OvervaluedThe good thing about UAA stock is that, all things considered, it isn't overvalued. The bad thing is that it also isn't that undervalued, and dip buyers should consequently wait for a better entry point below $20.In the big picture, the athletic apparel space expects as a healthy 4%-6% revenue growth market over the next several years, thanks to the aforementioned secular consumer demand tailwinds. So, Under Armour is in the right space. Eventually, the company will get its act together, stop losing market share and grow healthily alongside this burgeoning market.Consequently, Under Armour reasonably projects as a 4%-6% revenue grower over the next several years. Meanwhile, I believe gross margins should trend higher because the brand will likely lean more heavily into direct-to-consumer sales, which should carry higher margins by eliminating the wholesale middle man. Opex leverage should also kick in as healthy revenue growth becomes the norm again.All in all, I think Under Armour will hit $1.50 in EPS by fiscal 2025. Based on a Nike-average 25x forward multiple, that implies a reasonable fiscal 2024 price target for UAA stock of $37.50. Using a 10% discount rate, that equates to a fiscal 2019 price target of just over $23.Thus, in the lower $20's, UAA stock isn't overvalued. But, it isn't that undervalued, either. As such, I'm waiting for a dip below $20 to get bullish on a rebound in the stock. Bottom LineUnder Armour is the wrong company in the right space. That means that, for the foreseeable future, this is a "buy the dip, sell the rally" stock. Right now, the stock is dipping, so a buying opportunity is approaching. But, it's probably best to wait for the stock to come below $20 before jumping in and playing the rebound.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long NKE, and may initiate a long position in UAA within the next 72 hours. Compare Brokers The post Lack Of Innovation Is Stifling Under Armour appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • At This Point, LULU Stock Only Can Follow the Overall Market
    InvestorPlace12 days ago

    At This Point, LULU Stock Only Can Follow the Overall Market

    Canadian apparel giant Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU) appears unstoppable. The equity surged 15% in a single day following a 17% increase in comparable year-over-year sales and an earnings beat. Now, LULU stock has recovered all of the losses from the fall selloff in equities and currently trades near 52-week highs.Source: m01229 Via FlickrHowever, LULU has surged more than 50% higher since falling to its near-term low on Dec. 24.This has left Lululemon stock with a heightened valuation. Although growth could keep LULU moving higher, for now, investors should evaluate it on macro trends rather than the company's revenue and earnings growth.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips LULU Stock and Long-Term GrowthUnlike many segments of retail, the athletic apparel industry has posted impressive growth in recent years. This comes in large part from a greater interest in fitness and from increasingly affluent Asian consumers who have purchased more athletic clothing. * 8 Risky Stocks to Watch as Earnings Season Kicks Off Perhaps no equity has benefitted more than Lululemon stock. LULU continues to enjoy double-digit revenue and profit growth. Long a choice brand among women for yoga and running, the company has expanded its men's segment in recent years. It has even gained a following among teens.Lululemon trades at a forward price-to-earnings (PE) ratio of about 31.6. Analysts also see profit growth continuing. They forecast earnings will grow by more than 18% both this year and next. They also project average annual profit growth of 17.7% per year over the next five years.Its long-term profit outlook comes in ahead of both Nike (NYSE:NKE) and VF Corp (NYSE:VFC). While falling short of Under Armour (NYSE:UA, NYSE:UAA) on earnings increases, LULU still outperforms UA on revenue growth. LULU Stock and Market TrendsStill, this impressive performance holds both good news and bad news for LULU stock. Due to its move lower and recovery over the last year, investors may need to look at Lululemon stock as a proxy for the market.The forward PE of 31.6 may seem fully valued or even slightly overpriced. The 18-plus% profit growth can help LULU justify that multiple, but only if the market continues moving higher.However, traders should take heed of last year's stock selloff. Lululemon peaked at $161.25 per share in late September. Soon after, the market decline began. By Dec. 24, LULU had fallen as low as $110.71 per share.As mentioned before, the equity now slightly exceeds those September highs. Still, global growth has shown signs of slowing. Moreover, the current bull market has gone on for more than ten years now. If the market changes direction, one has to assume Lululemon will follow suit.Over the long term, I see LULU as a winner. Should the stock find itself caught in a slowdown, I think it becomes one of the more apparent buys. However, only macro trends can drive it higher in the near term. With that movement possibly looking to shift, investors should consider waiting for now. The Bottom Line on LULU StockThanks to a recent move higher, macro trends will probably serve as the driving force of Lululemon in the near term. Perhaps no company understands trends in women's athletic clothing better. As in previous years, this continues to bolster its stock. Moreover, a blowout earnings report and an overall market recovery have taken the price of LULU close to 52-week highs.However, its PE ratio indicates that the Lululemon stock price accounts for the company's growth in popularity. The trading patterns of the last year suggest the stock has become more of a proxy for the overall market than the company's own numbers.LULU stock remains a long-term buy. Still, with some market trends possibly turning negative, prospective buyers should exercise patience, not buy orders.As of this writing, Will Healy did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned stocks. You can follow Will on Twitter at @HealyWriting. 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 At This Point, LULU Stock Only Can Follow the Overall Market appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • TheStreet.com12 days ago

    Under Armour Is Upgraded to Buy at Citigroup

    were upgraded at Citigroup Wednesday, sending the stock rising in premarket trading. Analyst Paul Lejuez at Citigroup lifted his rating on the stock to buy from neutral and raised his price target to $29 from $23 as he assumed coverage of the company. The $29 per share price target is about 40% above Tuesday's closing price of $20.72.

  • Avenatti’s Bribery Claims Won’t Really Hurt Nike Stock
    InvestorPlace12 days ago

    Avenatti’s Bribery Claims Won’t Really Hurt Nike Stock

    Is Nike (NYSE:NKE) likely guilty of something like the bribery accusations being levied against it? Maybe. Does its accuser, now-infamous attorney Michael Avenatti, have a credibility problem? Absolutely. Is this something owners of Nike stock need to worry about? Nope.Source: rodrigofranca via FlickrThis past weekend, lawyer Michael Avenatti followed through on a threat to publicly release what he described as "evidence showing Nike bribed players to attend 'Nike' colleges."The development extends an ever-lengthening saga. In March, Avenatti was arrested for extortion of Nike, embezzlement, and defrauding a bank. Hid demand of $20 million from Nike was in exchange for not releasing what he deemed to be documentations of Nike's wrongdoing. 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, jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. 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 Avenatti's Bribery Claims Won't Really Hurt Nike Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Reuters13 days ago

    Selling with the enemy: Why rival retailers embrace Amazon.com

    While that growth should entice any retailer, Chico's is one of a growing number of clothing brands treading carefully. From Nike Inc and Under Armour Inc to Lands' End Inc and Levi Strauss & Co, major brands are distributing clothing and accessories directly through Amazon.com, attracted by more than 100 million members of Amazon's loyalty club Prime and its advanced delivery network. The risk in this relationship, according to interviews with retailers and industry analysts, comes if Amazon uses real-time data from customer purchases to help it quickly build out its own private label clothing brands, and ends up stealing market share from its current retail partners.

  • Barrons.com13 days ago

    Under Armour Stock Is Down Because Consumers Are Into Other Brands

    Shares of Under Armour fell Tuesday as an annual brand survey showed it losing ground to competitors.

  • 4 of the Best Athleisure Stocks to Ride the Trend
    InvestorPlace13 days ago

    4 of the Best Athleisure Stocks to Ride the Trend

    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.

  • 3 Sports Retail Stocks to Buy Right Now: LULU, VFC, UAA
    Zacks14 days ago

    3 Sports Retail Stocks to Buy Right Now: LULU, VFC, UAA

    Welcome to the latest episode of the Full-Court Finance podcast from Zacks Investment Research where Associate Stock Strategist Ben Rains discusses three sports retail stocks to buy right now as the market continues to hum along in 2019.

  • Adidas' Beyonce Deal Could Be Bad News for Under Armour
    Motley Fool16 days ago

    Adidas' Beyonce Deal Could Be Bad News for Under Armour

    Queen Bey will design a new line of Adidas products and bring her Ivy Park products to its stores.