Ascena Retail Group

  • Make Fashion a Part of Your Portfolio

    By Awais Iqbal - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, AEO, ASNA

    The economic recovery in the United States has helped people achieve solid profits on their equity investments since 2009. Even though the financial meltdown is now part of our history lessons, it is not uncommon to find people who still perceive the current market condition as a bubble ready to burst. I am not one of the pessimists, and I believe that the market still has potential going forward, but more »

  • An Unmentionables Merger That's a Natural Fit

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: ASNA, HBI, LTD

    Hanesbrands (NYSE: HBI) is acquiring Maidenform Brands, another women's underwear maker, and the former's "lift and separate" motto could now be lift and unite. This will bring much needed exposure to the average size woman for Hanesbrands, whose strength has always been the full figured woman.

    Access to new markets

    Hanesbrands is paying  $575 million for Maidenform, a 29% premium, but believes the advantages of cost savings and more »

  • Your Cheatin' Heart and Your Portfolio

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: ASNA, BEBE, GPS, LTD

    Does your bride sport RayBan aviators and a Michael Kors watch? Has she been buying more Victoria's Secret underwear of late? These are favorite brands of ladies who cheat according to the extramarital site, Ashley Madison, which surveyed its female members for their favorite brands.

    Good news for retailers, the shady ladies spend twice as much on apparel once they start cheating. Cheating may be the salvation of fashion 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 »

  • A Trio of Retailers Report Disappointing Quarterly Results

    By Ryan Glosier - June 12, 2013 | Tickers: ASNA, RUE, VRA

    On Wednesday of last week, after the closing bell, a trio of retailers reported their quarterly earnings results. The reports raised questions about the state of the American consumer as all three companies slashed their forward looking guidance. Another specialty retail company, Francesca's Holdings, reported sales that missed Wall Street expectations. That stock was trading down around 9% on Thursday afternoon. Although it would be a mistake to read more »

  • The Anti-Abercrombies: Attractive & Fat

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, ASNA, CHS, JWN

    Can't say I didn't warn you about Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) with its PR nuclear meltdown thanks to CEO Michael Jeffries. The company reported on May 24 with disappointing numbers, and the stock tanked over 10% intraday.

    The company claimed inventory shortages, and analysts dismissed the anti-Abercrombie blowback from CEO Jeffries' 2006 remarks claiming the brand was only for the cool, attractive kids. Revelations (not new) had hit 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 »

  • A Fast-Growing, Undervalued Fashion Retailer

    By Daniel James - March 22, 2013 | Tickers: ASNA, CATO, TJX

    It appears American retail is back. Despite a flurry of economic factors such that should, in theory, limit US consumers’ ability to spend money, retail figures have been very strong as of late, with sales increasing by 1.1% in February and beating analyst expectations. Most analysts are focusing on the larger chains such as TJX as a way to get in on retail growth. However, one small and relatively more »

  • This Stock Might be a Good Investment for the Next Season

    By Himanshu Poddar - March 11, 2013 | Tickers: ANN, ASNA, LTD

    There seems to be no end to sufferings. Each phase has its own set of problems for the retail industry. Because of the Euro crisis people were already budget conscious with little willingness to spend when Hurricane Sandy and higher taxes added to the woes. This led to even more difficult time for retailers, especially specialty retailers, leading to a weak holiday season.

    However, there have been instances where some more »

  • A Stock for the Stoic Investor

    By Jonathan Lim - February 1, 2013 | Tickers: ASNA, FRAN, CATO, TJX

    Mr. Market favors the stoic investor, though he dares not admit it. In fact, he tries to mask this preference, allowing the emotional investor to triumph in the short term. But should the latter be so foolish (not to be confused with Foolish) as to overestimate the duration of his or her lucky streak, there goes all the gains.

    The real strength of a dispassionate approach lies in the ability more »

  • This Retailer Clamors for Its Part of Ecommerce Pie

    By Gerelyn Terzo - January 15, 2013 | Tickers: ASNA, TJX, URBN

    December 2012 was good to The TJX Companies (NYSE: TJX). The company's comparable store sales climbed 6% higher versus the year ago month, and it was on top of extremely strong comparisons. With its success being driven by its brick-and-mortar store locations coupled with the recent addition of an online retailer to its portfolio of companies, this stock has nowhere to go but higher.  

    Retail Information Systems News performed more »

  • Living Luxe and Large

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - October 17, 2012 | Tickers: ASNA, HOTT, HSNI

    Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks (she plays the ad agency’s Rubenesque, redhaired office manager) bristles at the term “full-figured.” Queen Latifah thinks "plus-size" is a dirty word. So should I use the term “big and beautiful” or “voluptuous” to describe these three stocks that offer voluptuous ladies fashionable garments? Queen Latifah favors the term curvaceous.

    Ascena Retail Group (NASDAQ: ASNA), HotTopic, and HSN (NASDAQ: HSNI) are three companies offering more »

  • Don’t Let Europe’s Woes Cause You to Second Guess This Cheap Retailer

    By Matthew DiLallo - October 10, 2012 | Tickers: ANF, ARO, ASNA, GES, BKE

    For the most part I like to follow Peter Lynch’s philosophy of buying what I know.  It doesn’t work on every occasion but it’s served me well over the years.  One sector that I’ve found I have difficulty investing in is retail, especially anything involving fashion.  Clothes just don’t interest me and I’m about the farthest thing from a fashonista as you’ll find more »

  • Is This Retailer a Good Buy?

    By Himanshu Poddar - August 25, 2012 | Tickers: ANN, ASNA, LTD

    In an uncertain economy with budget conscious customers, retailers, especially specialty retailers, are finding it difficult to manage the ever increasing cost inflation and are juggling with the problem of raising product prices and falling volumes. Increasing commodity prices have become a major roadblock for almost all the retailers. But a specialty retailer for women has managed to work on this universal problem.

    Limited brands (NYSE: LTD) posted sweet second more »

  • The Future is Bright

    By Himanshu Poddar - June 6, 2012 | Tickers: AEO, ASNA, CHRS

    While most retailers are posting great results this quarter, making the investors go gaga over the sector and giving an impression that the retailers are unaffected by the economic headwinds, here is a women's apparel retailer which has managed to buck the trend.  Ascena Retail Group (NASDAQ: ASNA) is a specialty retailer which posted its third quarter results recently, and missed the Street’s expectations.

    Snapshot of the quarter more »

  • The Good and the Bad for Talbots: What about the Ugly?

    By Rita Chattaraj - May 29, 2012 | Tickers: ASNA, KSS, RUE, TLB

    On Friday, the stocks of Massachusetts-based retailer Talbots (NYSE: TLB) took a hit as the company offered strong bad news and relatively weaker good news. The troubled retailer, which was in talks with a private equity firm Sycamore Partners for getting acquired, announced that the deal was off and as an instant reaction of Wall Street, the stock price plunged 41%. Even the company’s improved fiscal 2012 first quarter more »