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  • 2 Popular Apparel Stocks for Your Portfolio

    By Jaiyant Cavale - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, GPS, NKE

    Apparel companies that are popular across communities and cultures will tend to be more long-lasting and enduring. Any company that has mass appeal and works towards reaching out to customers will also project a positive image in the long run. 

    In this article, I will discuss two apparel companies that are popular across communities and why investing in either of these companies can be a great idea. Nike (NYSE: NKEmore »)

  • 3 Clothing Companies You Should Buy This Month

    By Ranu Devi - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: GPS, LTD, LUX

    The apparel and accessories industry is heavily dependent upon consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-third of U.S. economic activity. Despite weakened spending early in the year, U.S. consumer spending rose 0.5 % in June and is expected to continue increasing. This should be beneficial to three well-known apparel and accessories companies, which are best suited for the long-run.

    Frames for solid growth

    Luxottica Group (NYSE: LUXmore »)

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Is a Plunge in This Apparel Retailer's Stock a Good Opportunity?

    By Anh HOANG - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, AEO, GPS

    Being a long-term investor, a short-term plunge in the stock price caused by sluggish quarterly earnings could represent a good investment opportunity. Recently, American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE: AEO) dropped significantly, falling nearly 17.30% to only around $16.50 per share due to disappointing second quarter outlook. Let’s take a look to determine whether American Eagle is a good buy at its current price or if we should avoid more »

  • Is Lululemon the Next Crocs?

    By Ted Cooper - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: CROX, GPS, LULU

    Investors have a tendency to operate at extremes; instead of acknowledging the positives and negatives of each investment opportunity, they have a habit of viewing stocks as either the best investment of the decade or the stupidest one of the century. Mention the threat of Samsung to an Apple fanatic and you will recognize this bias immediately.

    Unbridled optimism about a stock goes hand-in-hand with quickly-growing companies with popular consumer more »

  • Should You Run From These Apparel Companies?

    By John Timmes - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, AEO, GPS

    American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO) was in the headlines yesterday after its stock took a hit on the back of a major revision to second quarter earnings expectations.  The company announced that it was revising its estimates for second quarter EPS to approximately $0.10 compared to $0.21 in the same quarter last year.  The company blamed the results on weaker than expected sales and margins.  Total revenues dropped more »

  • Why LULU is a good pick - long term

    By Fredrik Roaldset - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: BEBE, GPS, LULU, NKE, UA

    I stumbled upon Lululemon as I overheard a conversation. What got me interested was how much these people were into the products. Great companies have customers that love them. It seemed to be true for this company. The second question I always ask is: "Is this a short term trend, or will people still love them next year and in 5 years from now?". That's where I started my more »

  • Catering to Women and Consistency Go Together With This Retailer

    By Mark Yagalla - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: GPS, HBI, LTD, MFB

    One of the main things that I look for in assessing an investment opportunity is consistency. L Brands (NYSE: LTD) meets the definition of consistency in retailing. The company's two flagship store brands are Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works. It also owns Henri Bendel and La Senza. Its stores sell lingerie, personal care and beauty products, apparel and accessories. The company operates more than 2,600 stores more »

  • Are These Three Apparel Businesses Good Buys?

    By Anh HOANG - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: CRI, GPS, HBI

    According to Barron’s, FBR Capital Markets has rated three specialty retail and apparel businesses, including Gap (NYSE: GPS), Carter’s (NYSE: CRI) and Hanesbrands (NYSE: HBI), as Outperform. Indeed, all three businesses have beaten the S&P 500 by wide margins. Hanesbrands is the best performer, with a year-to-date gain of 78.3%. Gap ranked second with a 48.9% gain. Carter’s returns come in at more than more »

  • What's Driving Growth at This Retailer?

    By Ash Sharma - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: EXPR, GPS, URBN

    Express's (NYSE: EXPR) stock price has increased by 53% since the beginning of this year. It has seen significant growth in its online sales in this period which increased by 48% and 44% in the last two quarters. It has reported results above the consensus estimates, but gross margin has declined by 450 bps in the first quarter of 2013. Its margin declined due to high expenditure on some more »

  • Will Asia Be the Key Driver Behind These Retailers' Success?

    By Ashit Gulati - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: COST, GPS, GES

    Several U.S.-based retailers are struggling in key markets such as North America and Europe due to a rough economic environment which is leading to poor store traffic. This has resulted in several retailers turning focus towards Asian markets which have exhibited strong growth over the last few years. One retailer that has shifted its focus to Asia from the struggling markets of Europe and North America is Guess more »

  • What's Driving Sales at This Retailer?

    By Ash Sharma - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: EXPR, GPS, URBN

    Urban Outfitters' (NASDAQ: URBN) stock price has increased by 54% in the last year. The company has taken growth initiatives and is moving ahead with technological enhancements to drive its sales growth. It has taken steps to create an omni-channel network and personalized services to increase online sales. It has reported EPS better than the consensus estimate for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 and its gross margin improved by more »

  • The U.S. Retail Sector Is Primed to Benefit from the Direct to Consumer Channel

    By Kiran Gulati - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, GPS, URBN

    Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) is a specialty retailer that offers a wide range of casual apparel for men, women and kids. In this article we will explore what factors will prop up the company's growth in the future and keep investors interested in the stock. With the U.S. economy exhibiting signs of improvement, consumer discretionary spending is expected to grow; therefore, going forward, retail stocks are expected to more »

  • Destination Opportunity for This Retailer: A SWOT Analysis

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: DEST, GPS, TGT

    Kate and the Royal baby... who hasn't heard quite enough about the Blessed Royal event? But it has drawn attention to specialty retailer, Destination Maternity (NASDAQ: DEST). It's not a sector of retail you think about much but when you're in the family way, fashionable maternity clothes can make you feel better about the huge changes in your body. In the US there are 4 million babies more »

  • One Bad Quarter Should Not Consign Abercrombie to the Gallows

    By Rupert Nicholson - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, AEO, GPS

    Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) is a very distinctive company engaged in selling many different types of clothing for men, women, and children. The company has a unique brand, and a strong and loyal customer following. Abercrombie operates in a niche, primarily selling goods to teenagers and young adults from fairly affluent backgrounds.

    The company has recently suffered a lapse in sales due to inventory shortages rather than decreased demand. Management more »

  • Retailers Adopt Two Safety Plans for Bangladeshi Suppliers

    By Eileen Rojas - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: GPS, HNNMY.PK, WMT

    Major U.S. retailers, such as Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT) and Gap (NYSE: GPS), have agreed to a five-year safety plan that addresses safety standards for the hundreds of factories in Bangladesh that supply goods to Western retailers. Since the April collapse of Rana Plaza, a factory where more than 1,100 workers were killed, and a series of fires in other factories, there’s been pressure on these companies more »

  • Why Staying Away From This Retailer Makes Sense

    By Dan Moskowitz - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, AEO, GPS

    Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) has bounced back over the past month, but longs might not want to get too excited. While it’s always possible for a stock to run higher based solely on momentum, the underlying fundamentals play a much bigger role over the long haul. This company’s fundamentals don’t just pertain to numbers, but management and perception as well.

    We’ll take a look at several more »

  • Why Should You Bet on this Outperforming Retailer?

    By Ash Sharma - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: EXPR, GPS, URBN

    Shares of The Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) have increased by 61.76% in the last year. It has added new brands Athleta, Piperline, and Intermix to its brand portfolio over that period of time. In its first quarter 2013 results, its comparable store sales increased by 2% and revenue increased by 7%, despite a prolonged winter. It has focused on square footage growth across all brands in new economies and more »

  • If You Like Dividends You Will Love This Strategy

    By Andrés Cardenal - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, AIG, SYLD, GPS

    Investing in dividend stocks is a smart, time-proven investment strategy. However, dividends are only one of the different ways in which companies can distribute free cash flow to investors. Shareholder yield, which includes dividends plus stock buybacks and debt paydown, is a more comprehensive approach and is worth some serious consideration when trying to find the best investment opportunities.

    Beyond Dividends

    Dividends are great, not only because they provide income more »

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