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  • Can Clothes Help Make Your Portfolio Recession-Proof?

    By Phillip Woolgar - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: AEO, ROST, BKE

    With the economy in a steady upswing, many people are worried that the stock market is in a bubble that's about the burst. While I am not one of those individuals, it doesn't hurt to be a little cautious and buy stocks that will pad your portfolio in case of a fall.

    Clothing-related firms come to mind as companies that will do well even during a recession. Everyone more »

  • An Opportunity in a Difficult Business

    By Chad Henage - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, AEO, FRAN, BKE

    I’m constantly on the lookout for new stocks to follow. Since I’m a big fan of Peter Lynch’s investment style, one way I find new ideas is from retailers that are popular with my family. When I asked my wife what her nieces favorite stores were, she said they all liked Francesca’s (NASDAQ: FRAN), and I immediately put it on my watch list. As Lynch said more »

  • Invest Alongside Management

    By Nick Pugleasa - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, SDRL, BKE

    When investing, I usually gravitate toward companies with high insider ownership, as I view this as one of the most important characteristics of a superior investment. My thought is that these leaders will have an even greater incentive to do what is best for the business - translating into delivering value to shareholders.

    Why does it matter?

    Think of it this way, by being a shareholder you have wealth that depends more »

  • Chuck Royce’s Top Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: FII, LECO, NUS, RS, BKE

    We maintain a database of quarterly 13F filings from hundreds of hedge funds and other notable investors, which we use to develop investment strategies; for example, we have found that the most popular small cap stocks among hedge funds outperform the S&P 500 by an average of 18 percentage points per year.

    Individual funds’ filings can also be tracked over time, and while we don’t recommend blindly imitating more »

  • Buckle Up for a Good Ride With This Company

    By Mark Yagalla - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: AEO, GES, BKE

    The one fashion trend that never dies is consumers love for denim jeans. Ever since blue jeans were first introduced, jeans have become part of the fabric of American culture. The trend started in the 1950s when James Dean wore them in Rebel Without A Cause. Jeans are now more popular than ever and cover all price points. Retailers that sell jeans have a multi-billion dollar market to capture. The more »

  • Three Hidden Gems in Teen Retail

    By Leo Sun - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: FIVE, BKE, WTSL

    The teen retail space is one that initially appears lucrative, but is actually fraught with risks.

    Although teen shoppers are some of the most active shoppers in the world, they are also the most fickle. What might be cool one moment might be dated the next. Therefore, teen retailers need to constantly keep in touch with the constantly shifting opinions of teens, via social media and market studies. There are 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 »

  • A Nebraska Portfolio for Creating Wealth

    By Michael Hooper - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-B, CAG, BKE, UNP, VMI

    If you want to get rich, invest in Nebraska. Nebraska is home to five great publicly-traded companies. These companies have long histories of profitability and creating shareholder value.

    Living in Nebraska for 19 years, I gained a keen insight into its business, an understanding of its politics and a love for Big Red Football. With only 1.8 million people, Nebraska relies on ingenuity, hard work and efficiency to cover more »

  • Can This Apparel Retailer Fatten Your Portfolio?

    By Marshall Hargrave - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, GES, BKE

    Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) is an apparel retailer, specializing in lifestyle branding and operating some 1,000 retail apparel stores across four brands. However, the stock tumbled 8% over the past week; part of this was Abercrombie's EPS that showed 15% lower same-store sales and 9% lower total sales year-over-year. This led to a $0.09 EPS loss, compared to the consensus forecast of a $0.05 loss.
     
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  • Which Apparel Retailer Is Worth Buying Now?

    By Anh HOANG - May 24, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, AEO, BKE

    Are you interested in investing in a debt-free retailer that has generated double-digit returns on invested capital in the past ten years? Moreover, this retailer has also consistently produced positive free cash flow during the same period. Well the, take a look at The Buckle (NYSE: BKE). In the past twelve months, The Buckle has matched the S&P 500’s overall return of around 29%-30%.

    Three reasons to more »

  • What This Fool Learned:On Buffett, Burgers, and Bull Markets

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - May 16, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-B, BWLD, BKE

    One year ago I wrote my first Motley Fool post, "Call Me, Shia!" on how actor Shia LeBoeuf nailed it on a call to go long McDonald's. Since then I've learned anything with Warren Buffett or burgers in the title is boffo (a word I love to use if you've been following along).

    First and foremost

    After having written the equivalent of three full-length Great American Novels more »

  • Has Abercrombie Finally Lost its Cool?

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - May 10, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, LTD, BKE, URBN

    What Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) has been doing to promote their brand as exclusive is, to put it mildly, not cool. In their pursuit to attract the Queen Bees and Homecoming Kings, the elite of teen consumers, their strategy is to dissuade fully half (and possibly more) of their addressable market from buying their product.

    So not cool

    CEO Michael Jeffries has been the mastermind behind the publicly stated corporate more »

  • Are Clothing Retailers Still a Worthy Bet?

    By Nauman Aly - May 7, 2013 | Tickers: GPS, LTD, BKE

    While it has long been said that "clothes make the man," today's retail apparel industry players that do not have solid long-term sales strategies may see themselves struggling in some ways to stay alive - especially with regards to their physical retail locations. This may still have to do with the overall economy, but competition in the apparel industry is quite intense.

    Essentially, the apparel industry includes numerous companies, including more »

  • Grab a Teenager and Buy Some Stocks

    By Candice Munroe - April 29, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, AEO, BKE, URBN

    If I use an investing strategy borrowed from Peter Lynch and go to the mall, what do I find new and exciting companies? My teenagers, fickle bunch that they are, are regular mall attendees and have their so-called fingers on the pulse of the shopping circuit.

    The tried and tested is Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF). I dutifully offer to swing by the Abercombie & Fitch store, but recently have gotten a more »

  • 3 Companies With Huge Inside Ownership for Your Portfolio

    By William Bias - April 24, 2013 | Tickers: DORM, MKC, BKE

    Publicly traded companies with a high percentage of employee, director, and management ownership can provide a certain degree of comfort for the outside investor or potential investor. Insiders who share in the risks and rewards of ownership often end up as better stewards of their charge.

    Of course this does not represent the only aspect of a company to evaluate from an investment standpoint. Selling a needed product that won more »

  • 5 Reasons This Retailer Is Priced To Outperform

    By Chad Henage - April 18, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, AEO, GPS, BKE

    It's rare when a fashion retailer can stay relevant for a long time. However, that is exactly what American Eagle (NYSE: AEO) has managed to do. I remember first noticing the company from articles on Fool.com, and hearing the company compared to Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF). Taking a page from Peter Lynch's investing process, I decided to visit my local mall to see if the stores were more »

  • 5 Reasons This Retailer Is Priced To Outperform

    By Chad Henage - April 16, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, AEO, GPS, BKE

    It's rare when a fashion retailer can stay relevant for a long time. However, that is exactly what American Eagle (NYSE: AEO) has managed to do. I remember first noticing the company from articles on Fool.com, and hearing the company compared to Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF). Taking a page from Peter Lynch's investing process, I decided to visit my local mall to see if the stores were more »

  • No Matter How Safe, Buckle Up

    By Tyler Wofford - March 28, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, AEO, GPS, BKE

    There is so much competition these days in regards to where people can shop. They can shop online with Amazon, they can shop at the world's largest retailer in Wal-Mart, or they can shop at one of these next few apparel stores. Some are doing well, but others have failed to deliver the performance investors hope for. 

    American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE: AEO) currently shows a market cap of $3 more »

  • 4 Companies With No Debt for Your Portfolio

    By William Bias - March 28, 2013 | Tickers: DORM, SAVE, RGR, BKE

    A company that can generate cash flow with little or no outside financing, such as floating debt, represents an optimal investment. This gives those particular companies a leg up in accessing external financing if the need arises. The four companies below fall into that category.

    The pay per item model of ultra-low cost airline Spirit (NASDAQ: SAVE) empowers customers to save or pay for extra items such as seat selection 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 »

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