• Teen Retailers are Not All Right

    By Diane Alter - August 11, 2013 | Tickers: ARO, AEO, GPS, ZUMZ

    The kids may be all right, but the same can’t be said about teen retailers.

    Retailers, especially those that cater to teens and tweens, got off to a very difficult start to the second half of 2013 amid a slow crucial back-to season, second only to year-end holiday sales. Underscoring the lackluster start were the latest retail sales numbers. Revenue at stores open at least a year—an industry more »

  • A Bust in Back-to-School Season Could Paralyze These Retailers

    By Ryan Guenette - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, ARO, AEO

    Teen apparel retailer American Eagle’s (NYSE: AEO) disappointing guidance  for its second-quarter financial results has set the stage for an eventful back-to-school season for all the players in the space, potentially having a major negative effect on your money.

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    In May 2013, American Eagle forecasted second-quarter earnings coming in between $0.19 and $0.21. After trading closed on Aug. 5, American Eagle surprisingly announced  that more »

  • Should You Stick With This Teen Apparel Retailer?

    By Leo Sun - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, ARO, AEO, GPS

    American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE: AEO) plunged recently after the teen apparel retailer reported a sour second-quarter forecast that fell woefully short of analyst expectations. American Eagle’s weak earnings are a dire warning for the rest of the teen apparel industry, since the company had fared slightly better than its troubled peers, such as Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) and Aeropostale (NYSE: ARO), over the past year. Should investors stick with more »

  • 3 Retail Stocks You Need To Sell

    By Chris Johnson - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: ARO, JCP, KSS

    The financial health of the American consumer clearly has pulled back a little. Earlier last week, we saw a lackluster gain in retail sales that was propped up by strength in autos, pointing to cutbacks in other things like restaurants and electronics.

    Of course, as exciting as it is to find companies that can grow even in a tough environment, it is equally important to find those retailers that should more »

  • Should You Bet on This Teen Retailer?

    By Ash Sharma - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, ARO, AEO

    Aeropostale (NYSE: ARO) was lagging behind the other major specialty retailers in fashion products. Now it is back in the game with key fashion categories, which will share more shelf space with core products. While it reported negative comps and a gross margin decline in the first quarter, it expects to do better in the second half this year with better product cycles and merchandising initiatives. Its margins are still more »

  • Is This Teen Retailer a Good Bet?

    By Ash Sharma - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, ARO, AEO

    American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE: AEO) reached its lowest share price last July. Its sales growth has declined by 5% in the first quarter, but still it has been able to achieve operating profit of $57 million in the quarter. It has reported EPS better than the consensus estimate, despite bad weather and other headwinds. The company has made some strong decisions and invested in infrastructure and technology to improve margins more »

  • This Teen Retailer Is a Good Bet

    By Ash Sharma - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, ARO, AEO

    Abercrombie & Fitch's (NYSE: ANF) stock price has increased by 38% in the last one year period but the last six months were not accelerating enough. It has reported negative same store sales, or SSS, in the first quarter, which was largely attributed to inventory shrinkage that has been taken care of now. The company has taken cross-functional initiatives to improve its operating process this year and is also looking more »

  • Can You Find Value in the Teen Retailers?

    By Robert Hanley - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: ARO, PSUN, RUE

    Large institutional investors have been circling the teen retail sector in 2013 looking for value from retail chains with solid finances and national footprints. While teens’ fashion choices change as frequently as the weather, the teen cohort as a group has meaningful disposable income and the proclivity to spend rather than to save money.  In March, retail-focused investment firm Sycamore Partners agreed to buy teen retailer Hot Topic for roughly more »

  • Aeropostale: South of the Border

    By J.A. Graham - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, ARO, BKE

    When the going gets tough in retail, management becomes excited about international expansion.  Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) went to Europe and beyond several years ago in an effort to keep growth alive as its U.S. business began to stall.

    From a conference call way back in 2010, when expansion seemed like a good idea:

    CEO Michael Jeffries recently spent a week in Europe visiting "average markets," not major cities more »

  • An Insider Is Bullish About This Retailer

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 7, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, ARO, AEO, GES

    On June 25, Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) Board member Craig Stapleton directly acquired 10,000 shares of stock at a price of about $44 per share. We track insider activity because economic theory suggests that insiders should generally prefer to diversify their wealth rather than see the increased company-specific risk, which comes with buying more shares.

    Studies show that stocks bought by insiders narrowly outperform the market (read our analysis more »

  • Two Consumer Goods Stocks That Slipped

    By David Gould - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: ARO, NKE, UA

    If you are looking to invest in niche apparel producers, Aeropostale (NYSE: ARO) and Nike (NYSE: NKE) are two popular stocks with almost cult followings. This kind of demand would be attractive for defensive investors uncertain about fickleness of consumers. However, Aeropostale and Nike have their own problems. Below, I review some of these problems and whether they detract from the overall positive investment thesis.

    First-quarter struggles

    Aeropostale largely struggled more »

  • How Special is This Retailer?

    By Dan Moskowitz - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: ARO, ASNA, KSS

    Last year, Ascena Retail Group (NASDAQ: ASNA) bought Charming Shoppes, the parent company of Lane Bryant and Catherines, for $890 million. This acquisition was supposed to act as a growth driver, but last quarter’s numbers disappointed, and guidance is weak.  Let's take a look at what went wrong, if there’s any potential moving forward, and if one of the company's peers offers a better investment opportunity more »

  • The Ethical Questions of Uzbekistan's Cotton Industry

    By Leo Sun - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: ARO, URBN, DIS

    Update: Per Aeropostale's PR, they have agreed to sign the "We The Cotton Campaign" that states a firm opposition to the use of forced labor in Uzbekistan.

    Investing ethically has always been a dilemma for many people. Yet strong top and bottom-line growth has often been fueled by the globalization and domination of countries with cheaper labor. However, there is a difference between fair trade that utilizes opportunistic outsourcing more »

  • Going Out of Style?

    By Grant Hosticka - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: ARO, AEO, UA

    Danger! Danger! Many companies rely on consumers wanting to wear the brand, but as soon as consumer sentiment leaves so do profits. Being caught in a stock who's product is no longer popular is a bad scenario for investors. Let's take a look at three businesses that depend on brand name, and I will asses a danger score from 1 to 5 for each -- 5 being the worst more »

  • Abercrombie & Fitch or Abercrombie & Ditch?

    By Yaniv Hirsch - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, ARO, AEO

    Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) has been on and off the rocks for the past couple of years. The company has been grilled in a recent wave of negative publicity. In addition, the company delivered fiscal first quarter results at near-disastrous levels, leading to a sharp decline in stock price that gave up most of 2013's gains.

    The entire retail industry has delivered weak results and most competitors are still more »

  • 3 Apparel Retailers to Watch

    By Damian Illia - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: ARO, GES, URBN

    Although apparel sales have outperformed many other retailing segments over the past year, the sluggish economic recovery and the rise on the payroll tax in the U.S. have hurt consumers’ discretionary spending power and, therefore, the industry’s profits. Below, you will find three companies, Guess? (NYSE: GES), Aeropostale (NYSE: ARO), and Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ: URBN), that a worth a look even in such an economic environment.

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  • This Incredibly Profitable Retailer is Being Acquired

    By Anh HOANG - June 6, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, ARO, RUE

    Recently, the specialty apparel retailer rue21 (NASDAQ: RUE) agreed to be bought out by Apax for around $42 per share in cash, with the total transaction worth $1.1 billion. Thus, since the beginning of the year, rue21 has more than doubled from only $20 per share to the acquisition offer of $42 per share. The company will have 40 days to seek better offers. Does rue21 have a fair more »

  • Teen Apparel Hits A Wall

    By Reuben Brewer - June 5, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, ARO, AEO

    News out of the teen apparel sector hasn't been good of late, leading the industry's top names sharply lower, including a 10% one-day drop at Aeropostale (NYSE: ARO). However, Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) and American Eagle (NYSE: AEO) both felt the pinch, too.

    It's About Style, Most of the Time

    Teens have plenty of trendy shops at which to shop. The key word is, of course, trendy more »

  • Are These Companies Buyout Targets?

    By John Timmes - June 4, 2013 | Tickers: ARO, AEO, RUE

    If you have been following the deal pages recently, you may have heard about the deal to take rue21 (NASDAQ: RUE) private... again. You see, Apax Partners, the private equity firm that took rue21 public back in 2009, has now offered to buy the company for $1.1 billion. Apax currently owns 30% of the stock in the company.  The offer represents $42 per share, or roughly a 20% premium more »

  • Can Retailers Stay Relevant?

    By Alexander Cho - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, ARO, AEO

    I am not completely convinced that teenagers are going to be migrating to new fashion trends in the immediate future. I can certainly agree that shopping patterns could change due to changes in public sentiment. I don’t believe that fashion retail is as fickle as our internet social networks.

    Courtney Reagan from CNBC states that retailers could face some challenges:

    Teens are often the hardest consumers to grab with more »

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