Hot Topic, Inc.

  • More Buyouts in the Teen Clothing Space?

    By Mike Thiessen - March 20, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, ARO, HOTT

    In early March, the already volatile world of youth fashion was rocked by the announcement that City of Industry, Calif.-based teenage clothing retailer Hot Topic (NASDAQ: HOTT) accepted an all-cash buyout offer from privately held asset management firm Sycamore Partners.

    The $600 million deal will provide a significant return for long-term Hot Topic shareholders, and result in Hot Topic's demise as a publicly-traded company. It will also represent more »

  • Looking for Some Teen Spirit

    By Robert Hanley - March 19, 2013 | Tickers: HOTT, BKE, URBN

    The teen-focused retail market is a tough place to do business, with tastes and styles changing as frequently as the weather. The high cost of marketing to this demographic often leads to low profit margins for the competitors. However, given this segment of the population’s propensity to spend its disposable income, there are sales opportunities to be had for innovative retailers. So, which companies have the right product mix more »

  • This Specialty Retailer Could See a 60% Upside

    By Anh HOANG - March 19, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, ARO, HOTT

    Specialty retailer Aeropostale (NYSE: ARO) has experienced a quite a disappointing stock price performance in the past twelve months. It has declined by more than 40%, from $20.30 per share to around $14.20 per share. Investors might be scared of the further significant decline in its share price in the near future. However, I personally think that at its current price, Aeropostale is trading at a huge discount more »

  • Aeropostale's Epic Nosedive to Unprofitability

    By Leo Sun - March 18, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, ARO, AEO, GPS, HOTT

    Apparel retailer Aeropostale (NYSE: ARO) might be in serious trouble. The company recently reported fourth quarter earnings that slightly topped analyst estimates, but followed it up with sour prospects for the current quarter. As expected, shares slid, and investors started to question the sustainability of Aeropostale’s business of selling clothes to teens and tweens - possibly the planet's most fickle demographic.

    Operations Overview

    Aeropostale operates two primary brick and more »

  • Hot Topic is Getting Hot

    By Anh HOANG - March 12, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, BODY, HOTT

    Recently, the private equity firm Sycamore has announced that it would take Hot Topic (NASDAQ: HOTT) private for around $14 per share, with a total transaction value of $600 million. A price tag of $14 per share represented a 29% premium to Hot Topic’s closing price on Wednesday. Let’s take a closer look into Hot Topic to see whether or not this price is fair for this specialty more »

  • The Best Dividend Paying Stocks with Low Beta

    By Nauman Aly - March 8, 2013 | Tickers: AVGO, HCSG, HOTT

    Beta is a measure of the volatility or risk of a security in comparison to the market as a whole. A beta of less than one means that the security is less volatile than the market. Typically, stocks with less volatility are non-cyclical. They move in the same direction as the market at large and are less susceptible to day-to-day fluctuations.

    For this article I've researched dividend paying companies more »

  • Hoorah for the Bra Stocks!

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - February 22, 2013 | Tickers: HBI, HOTT, LTD

    The first patent issued for the modern brassiere was in 1914 and ever since has been inextricably linked with the position of women in society. From the target stitching and torpedo shaped cups of the 1940s reflecting wartime factory work to the growing fitness trend of the late 20th century spawning the sewing of two jockstraps together (ewww!) to make the first jogbras, bras have come out of the closet more »

  • Invest Like a Bro

    By Calla Hummel - December 31, 2012 | Tickers: CARZ, HOTT, TAP, PEP

    Bros are there for you, man. Particularly at this time of year, it’s one of your bros who will meet you at the bar when you’ve overloaded on family, or watch a game with you stranded in your snowed-in, small-town hometown. You can always count on your bros, and you probably wish you could count on your portfolio in a similar way. Yet bros, like portfolios, can be more »

  • Warren Buffett: Size Does Matter

    By Daniel Sparks - December 14, 2012 | Tickers: BJRI, HOTT, BKE

    With year-over-year revenue growth of 27% and no signs of a slow down, unexperienced investors might mistakenly assume that Apple's P/E ratio of 12.2 is outrageously low. Why would a great company that is growing so fast trade at such a conservative valuation? Two reasons: (a) Phenomenal profits and growth attract well capitalized competition and (b) after companies achieve high levels of market saturation, achieving growth is more »

  • Wait for More Pullback on This Small Growing Retailer

    By Anh HOANG - December 5, 2012 | Tickers: HOTT, PSUN, ZUMZ

    I have paid attention to one small cap retailer for more than a year now. I even have recommended it as an investment opportunity in September 2011. This retailer has experienced quite a lot of volatility in the stock market for the last several years, with a beta of 1.95. In 2009, it was as low as $6.90 per share. In June, it was as high as $39 more »

  • Is HOTT Really Torrid? Earnings Preview

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - November 13, 2012 | Tickers: ANF, HOTT, LTD, WTSL

    On November 14, teen retailer Hot Topic (NASDAQ: HOTT) reports earnings. Analysts will likely be listening closely as the company has some new initiatives in place and for the health of teen retail through the holidays and post-Sandy. Even if earnings disappoint there are still three good reasons to pick some up if it sells off. 

    Torrid is sizzling

    When Hot Topic recently reported same store sales the big story more »

  • This Small Growing Retailer Seems to be a Good Buy Now

    By Anh HOANG - November 1, 2012 | Tickers: HOTT, PSUN, ZUMZ

    As a value investor, I always look for small cap companies, which have historical and potential growth. Those companies might operate in different industries such as consumer goods, chemicals, retailers, etc. I become excited when those small cap growth companies are selling at a discount to its intrinsic value. That was what I felt about Zumiez (NASDAQ: ZUMZ) in September last year. I wrote about the company when the stock 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 »

  • Why Are Insiders Buying Hot Topic?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - September 18, 2012 | Tickers: ANF, ARO, AEO, HOTT, BKE

    In most cases, insider trading activity is an important indicator to track, as it truly gives individual investors a look at the internal workings of a company, sometimes before it is widespread knowledge. While blatant forms (such as this case) of insider trading on market-moving non-public information are illegal, the overwhelming majority of these transactions are perfectly within the rights of the law. Take these statistics for example: out of more »

  • Abercrombie & Fitch Profits are Falling Down, Right Along with Its Pants

    By sylvia kronstadt - September 14, 2012 | Tickers: ANF, GPS, HOTT

    It's delightful to learn that today's young adults prefer fashion that's less sleazy and more dignified. They've already seen so much nudity that they aren't currently in the market for more.

  • The Retail Mall Scene is Coming Back, But this Stock Isn't

    By Tom Gibbs - February 9, 2012 | Tickers: ARO, AMZN, HOTT, LTD, SPG

    The indoor regional mall has come a long way since its first appearance in the mid-1950s, where its anchor store design was a natural, destination-like progression from the strip mall alternative at the time.  After a half century of increased popularity, huge national expansion, and large profitability gains, many boldly predicted the demise of the concept due to the introduction of the online retail store.  Leading the pack, Amazon’s more »

  • Icahn upping his stake in this stock, should we?

    By Brian Gorban - January 12, 2012 | Tickers: HOTT, WBMD

    One of my favorite screening tools is to see stocks with notable insider buying. The reasoning is simple as insiders sell for many reasons (diversify one’s assets, pay for the new house, expensive trip with the family, unfortunate divorce settlement costs, etc.), but they buy only for one reason: to make more money. Therefore, these 2 stocks below caught my eye with their recent heavy insider buying.

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