ANN Inc.

  • New York & Company: Value Opportunity

    By Nikhil Raheja - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, EXPR, NWY

    New York & Company (NYSE: NWY) is a deeply undervalued company that should prove to be a major winner over the next few years. The company has suffered continued losses over the last few years and as a consequence, the stock is cheap. Despite losses, the company's positioning in the market remains strong and a restructuring of stores should yield benefits over time. Long-term investors should seriously consider adding this more »

  • Three Short Story Stocks

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, FRAN, VRA

    Imagine three sisters hanging out at the mall: baby sister Fran is small and quirky, bigger sister Ann is more grown up and elegant, and middle sister Vera is artistic but troubled. I speak of none other than Francesca Holdings (NASDAQ: FRAN), ANN INC (NYSE: ANN), and Vera Bradley (NASDAQ: VRA), all small-cap retailers of women's apparel and accessories.

    I visited all three stores at a local upscale mall more »

  • The Little Boutique With Big Plans

    By Mark Yagalla - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, CHS, FRAN

    Francesca's (NASDAQ: FRAN) is a fast-growing specialty retailer for women. Its target customers are fashion-conscious women with its merchandise selection and boutique setting. As of Feb. 2, the company had 360 stores in 44 states that average roughly 1,385 square feet each. Its small-store footprint allows for less staffing and for quick inventory turnover. Francesca's sells clothing, jewelry, bags, shoes and accessories.

    First-quarter results

    Francesca's share more »

  • Will These Apparel Retailers for Mom Outgrow the Teenage Challengers?

    By Leo Sun - July 6, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, CHS, CWTR

    Last month, I discussed teen apparel retailers Abercrombie & Fitch and Aeropostale at length, and concluded that it’s tough to market to a fickle teenage crowd, which is currently enamored with nimble brands like H&M and Forever 21.

    Therefore, I thought it would be interesting to see how the apparel retailers for older females had fared over the past year. For this comparison, I selected Ann Inc. (NYSE: ANNmore »)

  • Three Great Retail Companies

    By Austin Higgins - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, CONN, GPS

    The retail industry has had its ups and downs over the last few quarters. The winter sales weren't as high as expected and cooler weather in the spring stunted sales growth.

    Now that things are heating up, here are three retail companies to watch.

    A softer First Quarter for Ann

    Ann (NYSE: ANN) reported its first quarter earnings on June 6th - later than many other retail companies. The company more »

  • 3 Things to Like About This Fashion Retailer

    By Anh HOANG - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, LTD, NWY

    Shareholders of New York & Company (NYSE: NWY) are having a great time this year as the company’s share price has experienced a sweet gain of nearly 48%. Interestingly, Steven Cohen initiated a long position in the company while Joel Greenblatt added the company to his holdings in the first quarter of 2013. Is New York & Company a good buy even after its significant rise? Let’s find out.

    First-quarter more »

  • A Seductive Company Trouncing The Overall Market

    By Ryan Guenette - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, ASNA, CHS, LTD, WTSL

    One of the leading specialty retailers of the world, L Brands (NYSE: LTD) has under-performed the overall market so far in 2013, rising only 8.73%. The company’s brand portfolio includes Victoria’s Secret, Victoria’s Secret PINK, Bath & Body Works, La Senza, and Henri Bendel. Currently, the company possesses 971 Victoria’s Secret locations and 1,560 Bath & Body Works locations in the United States.

    Valued at $14 more »

  • Buy The Specialty Retailers And Not The Department Stores

    By Mark Yagalla - May 22, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, FL, ROST, TJX

    With the all the troubles that the big box department stores like J.C. Penney and Sears have had over the years, investors are better off focusing on the smaller specialty retailers. These retailers are focused and don't need new management to implement possible turnarounds. I'm a fan of companies that identify a niche and look to exploit that niche. To me this is a better strategy than more »

  • An Insider Is Bullish About This Retailer

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - April 22, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, BEBE, JNY, WTSL, TLYS

    A Form 4 filed with the SEC has disclosed that Lynda Davey, who serves on the Board of Directors of Wet Seal (NASDAQ: WTSL), purchased 62,500 shares on April 15 at an average price of about $3.19 per share. She now owns a little over 116,000 shares directly.

    While the women’s and girl’s apparel retailer’s stock price popped on the disclosure following a decline more »

  • Ann Taylor's Lofty Future

    By Spencer Houlihan - April 19, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, GPS, JCP

    "I like my money right where I can see it...hanging in my closet"

    --Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

    According to the Department for Professional Employees, women make up 57% of workers in professional occupations, and are expected to outpace the growth of men in business over the next decade. Not only are more professional women participating in the workplace, but a more recent trend shows the salaries of more »

  • An Insider is Bullish About This Retailer

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - April 17, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, BEBE, JNY, WTSL, TLYS

    A Form 4 filed with the SEC has disclosed that Lynda Davey, who serves on the Board of Directors of Wet Seal (NASDAQ: WTSL), purchased 62,500 shares on April 15th at an average price of about $3.19 per share. She now owns a little over 116,000 shares directly. While the women’s and girl’s apparel retailer’s stock price popped on the disclosure following a more »

  • This Specialty Retailer Looks Interesting

    By Anh HOANG - April 17, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, LTD, NWY

    Since 2005, New York & Company (NYSE: NWY) has declined nearly 83%, from $24.24 per share to only $4.20 per share. However, if investors bought New York & Company's shares at the beginning of this year, they would have realized a gain of nearly 13%.

    Currently, the biggest shareholder of New York & Company is Irving Place Capital with more than 31.6 million shares, accounting for 50.68% of more »

  • This Women's Specialty Retailer is Opportunistic

    By Anh HOANG - April 14, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, LTD

    Since 2005, the retailer New York & Company (NYSE: NWY) has experienced a market value loss of nearly 83%, from $24.24 per share to only $4.20 per share. However, if investors bought New York & Co at the beginning of this year, they would have realized the gain of nearly 13%. Currently, the biggest shareholder of New York & Co is Irving Place Capital with more than 31.6 million shares more »

  • Ann Taylor's Lofty Future

    By Spencer Houlihan - April 2, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, GPS, JCP, LULU

    "I like my money right where I can see it...hanging in my closet"

    --Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

    One mega-trend that continues to dominate the social landscape is the growing number and percentage of women in the U.S. workplace.  Women are getting better jobs and making more money than ever before, and this trend is projected to continue for the foreseeable future.  According to the AFL-CIO's more »

  • This Retail Boutique Might Experience Further Price Correction

    By Anh HOANG - March 28, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, FRAN, URBN

    Francesca’s Holdings (NASDAQ: FRAN) is a typical growth stock with decent price performance. Since the beginning of 2012 it has advanced from $17.30 per share to around $28.50 per share. The market values this retail boutique chain quite expensively at 14.9 times EV/EBITDA and more than 18 times its book value.

    In addition, Francesca seems to be a favorite stock of many investment managers, including more »

  • 3 Consumer Facing Stocks I'm Looking to Buy

    By Ash Anderson - March 25, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, COH, TSLA

    Consumer-facing companies, the ones we hear about the most, make interesting places to invest our money. First off, we have probably heard of these companies. Secondly, we can buy their products and show them off to our friends. But most of all, they can make us plenty of money.

    I have three interesting consumer-facing stocks on my list of companies to potentially buy. Sitting right at the top is Coach more »

  • This Stock Is Dressing Up

    By Marshall Hargrave - March 22, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, EXPR, FRAN, JOSB, MW

    It appears that The Men’s Wearhouse (NYSE: MW) has caught the attention of investors, with the stock moving up over 15% in a single day last week. Have no fear, there is still room for Men's Wearhouse to move higher; the stock is still 20% below its 52-week high. 

    The run up was due to the news that shows that Men's Wearhouse has engaged Jefferies to evaluate more »

  • The Key Drivers Behind a Bullish Outlook on Jones Group

    By Ashit Gulati - March 21, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, ANN, JNY

    Jones Group (NYSE: JNY) offers a large variety in footwear, apparel and accessories. The specialty retailer owns popular brands such as Nine West, Kurt Geiger and Stuart Weitzman. It operates primarily in US, with a presence in some European countries. The company is ready to capitalize on the recent acquisition of Kurt Geiger and Stuart Weitzman and expand internationally. Furthermore, the retailer is establishing a stronger retail network in the more »

  • Retail, Women, and Labor Force Participation

    By Joshua Bondy - March 19, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, FNP, RL | Editor's Choice

    Sometimes changes are abrupt and sometimes they are hidden. Slowly the U.S. labor market has become more flexible and a general reflection of the overall population. Ann Taylor (NYSE: ANN) is a specialty retailer that markets toward the professional working women and it offers a great way to play this specific demographic.

    Will the Market of Professional Working Women Continue to Grow?

    Predictions about the future are especially dangerous more »

  • Billionaire Steve Cohen Bets Big on Ann Taylor

    By Marshall Hargrave - March 18, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, FNP, GPS, LTD, JWN

    Billionaire Steve Cohen and his hedge fund, SAC Capital, has increased their stake in Ann (NYSE: ANN) over four fold earlier this month. SAC Capital owned a mere 544 thousand shares at the end of 2012, but in a recent filing with the SEC, the hedge fund now owns 2.58 million shares, which is 5.3% of the retail company's outstanding shares. Ann Taylor focuses on women's more »
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