Goods, Bed Bath & Beyond, First Cash Financial Services and EZCORP
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 15, 2006
Zacks.com releases its latest Industry Outlook. This
report identifies the best stocks in the top-ranked industries.
Featured in the latest report is the retail-misc/diversified industry
with a focus on the following stocks: OfficeMax Inc. (NYSE: OMX),
Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. (NYSE: DKS), Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.
(NASDAQ: BBBY), First Cash Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCFS) and
EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ: EZPW). To read the complete Industry Outlook
report and to see all of the top-ranked industries, visit
Here are details on the stocks featured in the latest Industry
OfficeMax Inc. (NYSE: OMX) reported first-quarter earnings per
share of 77 cents, excluding special items, which bettered the
consensus by approximately 133%. Sales advanced to $2.42 billion from
$2.32 billion. Given the solid results in the quarter, OfficeMax
believes it is positioned to achieve the 2006 goals that were outlined
in its turnaround plan from January.
Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. (NYSE: DKS) enjoyed robust business
across most categories in the first quarter, leading to net sales of
$645.5 million. The result advanced 13% from $570.8 million in the
year-earlier quarter. Same-store sales advanced 6.5%.
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) will report its quarterly
results next week. In April, the company posted fiscal fourth quarter
net sales of about $1.69 billion, which advanced 14.8% from the
previous year's fiscal fourth quarter. Same-store sales were up 6.3%,
compared to 5.1% last year. For the year, net sales reached
approximately $5.81 billion, marking a rise of 12.9%.
First Cash Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCFS) reported first
quarter consolidated revenues of $56 million, gaining 19% from $47
million in the same quarter of 2005. Same-store sales were up 13% and
were realized across all major revenue lines. Furthermore, the company
opened 20 new stores during the quarter, as it continues its long-term
expansion strategy to open a high rate of new stores in high-potential
EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ: EZPW) posted fiscal second-quarter earnings
of 56 cents per share, compared to 29 cents in the year-earlier
period. The result bettered the consensus by almost 4%. Total revenues
of $78.9 million increased 25%. The company also raised its earnings
per share guidance for fiscal 2006.
About Zacks Industry Outlook
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