• 3 Stocks That Could Offer Tesla-Like Returns

    By Sam Mattera - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: USNA, VRA, WLT

    The recent rally in shares of Tesla has been nothing short of extraordinary. In the last six months, shares of the electric car company are up nearly 300%.

    A number of positive events have contributed to the rally (two better than expected earnings reports, a new leasing program, and plans for a fast-charging network, among other things) but the primary factor has been the high short interest. Last spring, half 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 »

  • A Buying Opportunity Which You Shouldn't Miss

    By Jon Quast - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: COH, KORS, VRA

    Shares of Vera Bradley (NASDAQ: VRA) are trading roughly 30% down from highs reached back in October. Lowered guidance and a management shakeup have seemingly shaken up investors. But has this pullback offered investors an attractive entry point to this well known brand?

    Why is VB down 30%?

    Vera Bradley is down on fears of slowing growth. Last quarter, the company lowered earnings guidance 5% -- from earnings per share of more »

  • Dressed for Success: 3 Value Plays in Apparel

    By Damian Illia - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: ICON, PERY, VRA

    Just like in an apparel store, one needs to dig deep to find value in the stock market. The greatest stocks are, on many occasions, not so easily visible. Below, you will find three companies that are undervalued in relation to their peers and potential.

    Offering compelling growth prospects for the years to come, Iconix Brand Group (NASDAQ: ICON), Vera Bradley (NASDAQ: VRA), and Perry Ellis (NASDAQ: PERY) deserve a more »

  • Great Opportunities Are Found in Overreactions

    By Marshall Hargrave - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: COH, FNP, JNY, VRA

    Shares of Vera Bradley (NASDAQ: VRA) were down some 13% last week despite the fact that the company's earnings managed to beat consensus. The news driving the pressure on the stock is the departure of CEO Michael Ray. However, this huge sell-off by the market could be just an overreaction and provide investors with a great buying opportunity.

    Since its 2010 IPO, Vera has operated amidst a troubled economy 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 »

  • Is This Luxury Brand the Next Turnaround Candidate?

    By John Macris - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: COH, TIF, VRA

    Luxury retail is one of the most remarkable sub-sectors in the market today. Forecasters often predict that demand for high-priced goods will fall during times of economic hardship, but current data shows that wealthy consumers will purchase their premium goods during good and bad times.

    While this logic may seem counterintuitive, hard evidence confirms its validity. At the moment, the success of luxury retail in London, combined with a national more »

  • 3 Small Cap Plays on Rising Retail Sales

    By Leo Sun - May 15, 2013 | Tickers: FRAN, RUE, VRA

    A recent report from the U.S. Department of Commerce showed an unexpected jump in retail sales for April, which rose 0.5% year-on-year after an anemic 0.1% gain in March. Excluding gas and auto sales, retail sales rose 0.6%. Economists had originally projected a 0.3% decline in April.

    Strong sales of building materials, clothing, sporting goods and electronics boosted retail sales, which account for 30% of more »

  • Growth Company Selling at a Value Price

    By Ted Cooper - May 14, 2013 | Tickers: COH, FNP, VRA

    In just three decades of existence, Vera Bradley (NASDAQ: VRA) has become a household name. Its vast distribution network is comprised of over 3,300 independent retailers. Meanwhile, the company has laid out an ambitious growth plan than includes adding its own retail stores for the first time ever. If management hits its targets, Vera Bradley is a screaming buy.

    Quality at a discount

    Although Vera Bradley is associated with more »

  • This Fashionable Company Is a Good Pick Now

    By Anh HOANG - May 2, 2013 | Tickers: COH, KORS, VRA

    An investment opportunity arises when a beaten down stock begins to pick up due to an improvement in its business. A stock might be beaten down because of various reasons: deteriorating fundamental performance, heavy insider selling, weak overall industry performance, earnings miss, etc. However, when those temporary problems are corrected and the business improves, it might be the time for opportunistic investors to come in. 

    That happened with retailer Coach more »

  • Put Me in Coach

    By Diane Alter - April 25, 2013 | Tickers: COH, KORS, VRA

    It wasn’t exactly a ten-bagger, but it was darn good nonetheless.

    Coach’s (NYSE: COH) latest quarterly results handsomely and handily beat expectations. The beat sent shares soaring some 10%.

    Profit for the luxury handbag maker’s fiscal third quarter rose 6% to $239 million. Revenue grew 7% to $1.19 billion. Sales in North America jumped 7% to $792 million. International sales grew 6% to $382 million.

    In more »

  • Try On This Retailer Before You Buy

    By Shas Dey - March 27, 2013 | Tickers: COH, KORS, VRA

    Vera Bradley (NASDAQ: VRA)  designs, makes, and sells women's accessories, including handbags and travel items. The company recently announced 21% revenue growth for Q4 2013, and strong margins that surpassed analysts' estimates. Still, shares fell 8.2% after the company issued a weak outlook for the coming fiscal year.

    What drove its Q4 results

    Vera's Q4 2013 revenues grew 21% year over year to $162.7 million, beating more »

  • Is Vera Bradley a Veritable Value?

    By Leo Sun - March 15, 2013 | Tickers: COH, FNP, VRA

    Handbag maker Vera Bradley (NASDAQ: VRA) recently took a nasty plunge, after the company followed up its better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings with bleak guidance for the current quarter. Yet I believe that Vera's recent drop represents a buying opportunity for patient long-term investors, and in this article I’ll outline Vera’s strengths, weaknesses and growth prospects in the coming year.

    A wild, colorful, patterned ride

    Fort Wayne, Indiana-based more »

  • Vera Bradley : Wait Until It Proves Itself

    By Shas Dey - March 14, 2013 | Tickers: COH, KORS, VRA

    Vera Bradley Inc. (NASDAQ: VRA)  is a designer, producer, marketer, and retailer of functional accessories for women. The Company’s products include a range of offering of handbags, accessories, and travel and leisure items. It reported an increase in profit for 4Q13 driven mainly by 21% growth in revenues and strong margins. Earnings for the quarter surpassed analysts' estimates, as did revenues. But the shares were down 8.2 more »

  • 5 Longs Of The Shorts

    By Marshall Hargrave - February 5, 2013 | Tickers: DECK, OUTR, SKUL, TSLA, VRA

    Investing in highly shorted stocks is always risky business, especially when these stocks have some of the highest short interest around. The five stocks below all have short interest in excess of 40%, but could be worth taking a look at on the long side. One slight problem with highly shorted stocks is that they are sometimes shorted for a reason. Question is; is the short interest overdone and is more »

  • High Growth Prospects for This Fashion Icon

    By Ted Cooper - January 18, 2013 | Tickers: COH, FNP, VRA

    Founded in 1982, Vera Bradley (NASDAQ: VRA) has become an iconic brand in the U.S. and abroad. It has a distribution network of over 3,300 independent retailers and is in the early stages of rolling out its own retail stores. If everything goes as planned, then the company's stock is severely undervalued. However, the many obstacles that could derail its growth are a legitimate cause for concern more »

  • Which Fashion Retailer to Buy?

    By Anh HOANG - December 10, 2012 | Tickers: COH, KORS, VRA

    Women and shopping! These two are inseparable. Given this magnetic relationship, the women's accessories business should keep prospering in the future, especially if the future is anything like the most recent past with the industry's double digit returns and reasonable valuations. Recently, I stumbled across Vera Bradley (NASDAQ: VRA), the 30-year old designer and maker of highly functional accessories for women including handbags, accessories, travel and leisure items more »

  • 1 Change Would Improve This Company's Growth

    By Chad Henage - November 15, 2012 | Tickers: COH, FOSL, KORS, VRA

    Many people have realized over the last few years that the retail industry doesn't move together the way they originally believed. In fact, many higher-end retailers have outperformed the overall industry because economic hardships don't effect the wealthy in the way they do everyone else. Investors who understand this dynamic have the advantage and can benefit when the market throws out the baby with the bathwater, so to more »

  • Short Sellers Are Sticking With These Bouncing Stocks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - November 2, 2012 | Tickers: COH, FNP, FSLR, OPEN, VRA

    Every month new data comes out regarding which stocks have the highest short interest as a percentage of the float. Some of the stocks which were most held short in October have been up strongly in the last month, testing the commitment of these short sellers. Here are three stocks with high short interest and high returns between October 1 and October 31:

    47% of the shares outstanding of Vera more »

  • You Don't Need A Coach To See This Value

    By Chad Henage - October 11, 2012 | Tickers: COH, FOSL, RL, TIF, VRA

    It's interesting that many times I'm aware of a competitor to a company I own, and yet I don't take the time to research that competitor directly. Such is the case with Coach (NYSE: COH), as I used the company's information as a comparison to Fossil (NASDAQ: FOSL) in the past. I knew that both companies operated in the higher end fashion and accessories industry, but I never really did my own due diligence on Coach itself. While I still like Fossil's prospects, Coach is at least as good of a value and investors should not overlook this opportunity.

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