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Nike (NYSE: NKE) has faced a turbulent 2023, grappling with an array of challenges ranging from swelling inventories, a slowed consumer rebound in China, and underwhelming earnings reports in the larger retail sector. This has contributed to a daunting year for the prominent athletic footwear and apparel brand.

As a testament to these obstacles, Nike’s stock experienced a dip for the ninth straight trading day on August 22, marking its most extended losing streak ever.

Nike Stock Snapshot:

By August 23, Nike’s stock stood at $101.46, having decreased by 1.36% on that day. Over the previous week, the shares saw a decline of more than 4.3%, with a monthly drop of over 6%.

So far in 2023, NKE’s shares have dived nearly 15%, lagging behind the S&P 500 index, which surged approximately 14.7% during the same timeframe.

Understanding the Decline:

A key factor in Nike’s unprecedented string of losses has been the slow recovery of its consumer base in China, its second-largest market, compounded by growing product inventories that have weighed on its profit margins.

A significant contributor to the recent fall was the Q2 earnings report and projections by Dick’s Sporting Goods, a critical retailer for Nike.

Zooming out, there’s a noticeable sluggishness in consumer recovery in China, underscored by retail sales growth dipping to 2.5% in July from the previous year, a number that falls short of the anticipated 4%.

Matt Maley, the chief market strategist at Miller Tabak + Co., commented, “Investors are waking up to the fact that China’s growth is going to be slower,”

Moreover, the downturn in NKE’s stock has also been influenced by its June earnings report, which did not meet analyst predictions, indicating the brand’s ongoing challenges with surplus stock.

Nike’s projected performance for the ongoing fiscal year has not resonated well with Wall Street’s predictions, either. As it stands, NKE’s closing price is at its lowest in 2023 and hasn’t been this low since November 2022.