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  1. Retail Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook

    March 13, 2014
    Retail Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook
  2. Bear of the Day: Men's Wearhouse (MW) - Bear of the Day

    September 24, 2013
    Bear of the Day: Men's Wearhouse (MW) - Bear of the Day
  3. Bear of the Day: Chicos FAS (CHS) - Bear of the Day

    September 10, 2013
    Bear of the Day: Chicos FAS (CHS) - Bear of the Day
  4. Bear of the Day: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) - Bear of the Day

    August 27, 2013
    Bear of the Day: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) - Bear of the Day
  5. Bull of the Day: Michael Kors (KORS) - Bull of the Day

    August 23, 2013
    Bull of the Day: Michael Kors (KORS) - Bull of the Day
  6. Urban Outfitters Steps Up Its Game

    August 21, 2013
    tail's been an iffy proposition when it comes to second quarter earnings reports. One company doing well in this cautious ...
  7. Bear of the Day: Vera Bradley (VRA) - Bear of the Day

    July 2, 2013
    Bear of the Day: Vera Bradley (VRA) - Bear of the Day
  8. After Some Preening, American Eagle Could Fly Again

    May 23, 2013
    Management has to reinvest in the business, but the market seems to be undervaluing American Eagle's cash flow prospects.
  9. V.F. Corp's 4Q Beats on EPS - Analyst Blog

    February 15, 2013
    V.F. Corporation (VFC) reported fourth-quarter 2012 adjusted earnings of $3.07 per share, speeding ahead of the prior-year ...
  10. Zumiez's Comps Improved in January - Analyst Blog

    February 7, 2013
    Comparable store sales (comps) of Zumiez Inc. (ZUMZ) - the Washington-based retailer of sports-related teen apparel - increased ...
  11. Ralph Lauren Beats on EPS - Analyst Blog

    February 6, 2013
    Ralph Lauren Corp. (RL) posted its third-quarter 2013 adjusted earnings of $2.40 per share, jumping 34.8% from the comparable ...
  12. Aeropostale Downgraded to Strong Sell - Analyst Blog

    February 5, 2013
    Zacks Investment Research downgraded Aeropostale Inc. (ARO) to a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) on Feb 2, 2013. Why the Downgrade? ...
  13. Will Ralph Lauren Beat in 3Q? - Analyst Blog

    February 5, 2013
    New York-based Ralph Lauren Corporation (RL) - a designer, marketer and distributor of lifestyle products - is likely to ...
  14. Hot Topic Remains Neutral - Analyst Blog

    January 17, 2013
    We have retained our Neutral stance on Hot Topic Inc. (HOTT) as we remain impressed by the company's strong third-quarter ...
  15. Services Stocks, Including Macy's, Making Big Moves on December ...

    December 31, 2012
    So far today, the Nasdaq has increased 0.6%, the S&P 500 has risen 0.2% and the Dow remains relatively unchanged. CompanyMarket ...
  16. Oracle Beats 2Q Estimates - Analyst Blog

    December 19, 2012
    Oracle Corp. (ORCL) reported earnings (including stock-based compensation of 4 cents per share) of 60 cents per share in ...
  17. Can Aeropostale Be More Than A Price Point?

    November 30, 2012
    Aeropostale is still struggling to drive real merchandise demand.
  18. American Eagle Delivers Earnings Knockout

    November 29, 2012
    American Eagle's Q3 earnings were 44% higher year-over-year. I'll look at why the future looks bright for the teen retailer.
  19. Urban Outfitters Slides to Neutral - Analyst Blog

    November 27, 2012
    We recently downgraded our recommendation on Urban Outfitters Inc. (URBN) to Neutral with a price target of $40.00, following ...
  20. Black Friday's Early Opening A Big Winner For Retailers

    November 26, 2012
    It seems most retailers that opened earlier this year are also reporting good news. Is this good or bad news for the rest ...
  21. Has Abercrombie & Fitch Turned The Corner?

    November 16, 2012
    It might be too soon to say that Abercrombie & Fitch is back on track.
  22. Stock Market News for November 15, 2012 - Market News

    November 15, 2012
    Benchmarks took a battering on Wednesday after President Barack Obama stood firm on increasing tax rates for rich Americans ...
  23. Cisco, A&F Help Improve Sentiment - Analyst Blog

    November 14, 2012
    Starved for any new information with which to feed market sentiment this morning is the Producer Price Index (PPI) survey. ...
  24. Ahead of Wall Street - Nov. 14, 2012 - Ahead of Wall Street

    November 14, 2012
    November 14, 2012 (Note: This is Mark Vickery, substituting for Sheraz Mian while he is away.) Starved for any new ...
  25. Ross Among Services' Biggest Movers on November 1, 2012

    November 1, 2012
    The market is having a good day so far: the Nasdaq is up 1.3%; the S&P 500 has risen 1%; and the Dow has climbed 1.2%. Underperforming ...
  26. 9 Slumping Retailers to Sell Before the Holidays

    October 19, 2012
    It's only mid-October, and though the holidays still are over two months away, it's not too early to begin thinking about ...
  27. Nordstrom Relocates in Honolulu - Analyst Blog

    September 27, 2012
    Nordstrom Inc. (JWN), a leading Seattle-based fashion specialty retailer, has decided to move to a larger space within the ...
  28. China Telecom Corporation Limited Among Services' Biggest Movers ...

    September 17, 2012
    The market is currently down, with the Nasdaq falling 0.2%, the S&P 500 decreasing 0.2% and the Dow down 0.2%. The Services ...
  29. Nordstrom's Sales Trend Year to Date - Analyst Blog

    September 12, 2012
    Amid this unstable retail environment, Nordstrom Inc. (JWN) has been able to maintain decent sales run so far in fiscal 2 ...
  30. Bullish on Urban Outfitters - Analyst Blog

    September 6, 2012
    Buoyed by impressive second-quarter 2013 results and strategies undertaken to reposition itself in an economy that is witnessing ...
  31. Nordstrom's Risk-Reward Balanced - Analyst Blog

    August 27, 2012
    The risk reward equation of the leading fashion retailer Nordstrom Inc. (JWN), remains balanced, following the company's ...
  32. Does American Eagle Have A Second Act?

    August 24, 2012
    American Eagle has ridden better merchandising to better performance, but there isn't a compelling enough potential return ...
  33. Stock Market News for August 16, 2012 - Market News

    August 16, 2012
    Signs that inflation was under control and manufacturing was picking up pace was of little help to the markets as they closed ...
  34. Global Slowdown Continues - Analyst Blog

    August 13, 2012
    Monday morning market news gives another dampener to U.S. market futures, with Japan reporting 2nd quarter GDP at 1.4% growth, ...
  35. Ahead of Wall Street - Aug. 13, 2012 - Ahead of Wall Street

    August 13, 2012
    August 13, 2012 Monday morning market news gives another dampener to U.S. market futures, with Japan reporting 2nd quarter ...
  36. AEO Upgrades 2Q Outlook - Analyst Blog

    August 7, 2012
    American Eagle Outfitters Inc. (AEO), a leading specialty retailer, recently raised its earnings outlook for the second-quarter ...
  37. Hot Topic Posts Solid 2Q Comps - Analyst Blog

    August 6, 2012
    With its ability to tweak merchandise in line with the rapidly changing trends, Hot Topic Inc. (HOTT) once again posted solid ...
  38. Services Sector's Biggest Movers: Gap and More

    August 2, 2012
    On a bad day for the market, the Nasdaq has declined 0.4%, the S&P 500 is down 0.8% and the Dow has fallen 0.8%. The Services ...
  39. NYSE's Biggest Movers, Including Tesoro

    August 2, 2012
    The market is having a bad day so far: the Nasdaq has declined 0.4%; the S&P 500 has fallen 0.8%; and the Dow has slipped ...
  40. Company News for July 12, 2012 - Corporate Summary

    July 12, 2012
    "    Shares of ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADTN) plunged 15.4% after it posted second quarter earnings per share of $0.35, despite ...
  41. Chico's Growing Again, But Sustainability Always A Concern

    May 18, 2012
    Chico's seems back on track, but future expansion could chew up capital.
  42. Earnings Preview: HD, PBR, TGT, ANF, WMT

    May 16, 2012
    First-quarter earnings seasons is drawing to a close and while that may be a good thing in the eyes of some investors, there ...
  43. AEO Shares Up on Prelim Results - Analyst Blog

    May 7, 2012
    Following the announcement of first-quarter preliminary sales results, the shares of specialty retailer, American Eagle Outfitters ...
  44. Hot Topic's 1Q Comps Rise - Analyst Blog

    May 3, 2012
    Hot Topic's 1Q Comps Rise - Analyst Blog
  45. Investing In Teen Trends

    April 16, 2012
    Young investors don't have to look far for investing ideas.
  46. The Buckle Remains Fashionable

    March 22, 2012
    The Buckle continues to represent one of the most conservative ways to gain industry exposure.
  47. American Eagle Needs More Preening

    November 30, 2011
    American Eagle isn't soaring yet.
  48. Can Retailers Pass The Back-To-School Test?

    August 23, 2011
    Back-to-school shopping isn't looking like boom times for retailers.
  49. American Eagle's Down But Not Out

    May 31, 2011
    American Eagle is struggling, but this stock is still worth a gamble. Find out why.
  50. "Guess" Which Stock To Buy Now

    May 9, 2011
    Guess is still doing reasonably well, yet its stock is down 8% in the last year, 23% worse than the S&P 500.
  51. April's Top 5 S&P Stocks

    May 3, 2011
    The best performing stocks in the S&P 500 in April 2011 came from the technology, retail and biotechnology sectors.
  52. April's S&P 500 Winners and Losers

    May 2, 2011
    See the best and worst performing S&P 500 stocks from April 2011.
  53. Uban Outfitters Earnings

    March 11, 2011
    This trendy retailer announced fourth quarter earnings and severely disappointed analysts and investors alike.
  54. Hitting The Mall For Dividends

    February 28, 2011
    There are several large-cap companies in your local mall that pay shareholders to hold their stock.
  55. TJX Remains Value-Oriented

    February 25, 2011
    TJX's valuation looks appealing, despite the competition. Investors just need to be patient.
  56. Luxury For Everyone

    February 18, 2011
    While many consumers have not returned to their free-spending ways, consumption on aspirational and accessible luxury goods ...
  57. Jewelers Shine Bright

    January 18, 2011
    The holiday season of 2010 could be a major turning point for retail jewelers, as they hope to continue achieving this sales ...
  58. Aeropostale Or American Eagle: Which Is The Better Buy?

    January 14, 2011
    Aeropostale and American Eagle are both rumored to be private equity takeover candidates. This might be so, but which is ...
  59. Should Investors Ignore Monthly Sales?

    January 11, 2011
    Same store sales are used by many investors to monitor the performance of a retailer, but this measure may be too short term ...
  60. 3 Dividend-Paying Retail Stocks For 2011

    January 5, 2011
    These stocks offer investors some upside potential due to a less-than-stellar finish to 2010. They also offer a dividend ...
  61. 5 Strong Holiday Retailers

    December 29, 2010
    These five strong retailers have taken advantage of a solid holiday season, and should help build your portfolio into the ...
  62. Is Aeropostale A Bargain?

    September 8, 2010
    Aeropostale has found a way to stand out to fickle teenagers and a growing base of even younger youth.
  63. Pair Trades To Hedge Yourself

    September 1, 2010
    In these uncertain times, pair trades can provide some decent insulation for some portfolios.
  64. Victoria's Secret Looking Less Limited

    August 27, 2010
    Limited Brands is seeing a recovery in sales but has pegged longer-term growth on more risky international sales.
  65. Is Urban Outfitters Worth It?

    August 19, 2010
    Urban Outfitters' shares trade at a premium to the market and many peers, but it may justify its price.
  66. Invest In These Smart Spenders

    August 18, 2010
    Here are several retail companies that use their capital to create shareholder value.
  67. Retail: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

    July 15, 2010
    Same store retail sales reports for June 2010 indicated positive growth, but sales are still slower than they were earlier ...
  68. Small-Cap Dividend Darlings

    July 9, 2010
    Don't forget small caps when you're dividend hunting. We go over what to look for and some good picks for investors.
  69. Getting In On Growth At A Great Price

    July 5, 2010
    Here are some growth-oriented stocks with below-market average P/Es that investors can pick up during this shaky market to ...
  70. Retailiers Still Humming Along

    June 24, 2010
    Retail companies are good businesses to invest in at the start of economic recoveries because of their dependence on consumer ...
  71. March Retail Reality Check

    April 14, 2010
    Are retailers - and consumers - really as healthy as March's numbers say they are? Probably not.
  72. Capturing The Retail Trifecta

    March 24, 2010
    With retail still on shaky ground, market share is up for grabs. Companies that have mastered the retail trifecta should ...
  73. Retail Offers Signs Of Consumer Life

    March 8, 2010
    What do February's retail sales numbers really say about the status of consumers in the U.S.?
  74. Aeropostale Looks OK For Now

    December 7, 2009
    I have a hard time believing it will be easy sailing for many businesses next year, much less retailers. Buyers beware.
  75. More Reasons To Mind The Gap

    December 7, 2009
    We take a look at Gap's November comps, and see how it fares compared to its competitors.
  76. Crucial Lessons For Post-Recession Retailing

    November 30, 2009
    Successful retailing is not going to be driven by what worked 10 years ago.
  77. Gap's Comeback Deserves Inspection

    November 25, 2009
    Gap has made a respectable comeback, and it can head even higher. Several items in its Q3 release are worth pointing out.
  78. Buckle Bucking The Trend

    November 23, 2009
    Once again, The Buckle's third-quarter results proved to be an anomaly in the retail sector.
  79. A Retailer Fit For Any Portfolio

    October 29, 2009
    Investors looking for a holiday retail play may like VFC for its strong margins, lean inventory levels and manageable debt ...
  80. Time To Try Pacific Sunwear On For Size?

    October 16, 2009
    In this piece I discuss a recent upgrade, the upcoming earnings and provide commentary on the company.
  81. American Eagle - Ready To Soar?

    September 1, 2009
    The clothing retailer's recent earnings aren't overly impressive.
  82. Urban Outfitters Coming Back Into Fashion

    August 19, 2009
    Shareholders will have much to gain once Urban Outfitters returns to its long-term growth targets.
  83. A Ridiculous Retail Rally?

    August 18, 2009
    Media is upbeat after Wal-Mart's earnings - but don't think retail is recovered yet
  84. Retail Earnings Kick Into High Gear

    August 12, 2009
    Retailers are not doing as poorly as analysts are making it seem. Keep an eye on these four.
  85. Urban Outfitters Maintains Its Edge

    May 19, 2009
    Urban Outfitters is still looking good despite a sales decline. Find out why this might be a good retail play.
  86. American Eagle Not Soaring

    March 13, 2009
    Hit by promotional trends gripping the retail sector, this company experienced huge drops in profitability and same store ...
  87. Stocks Trading Near Their Highs

    March 3, 2009
    Find out what stocks have hit recent highs and may be attractive for your portfolio.
  88. Time To Mind The Gap In Retail

    March 2, 2009
    Gap is proving it can remain profitable despite one of the worst periods for retailers in recent memory.
  89. Hot Topic Rocks Quiet Retail Sector

    February 9, 2009
    Teen retailer Hot Topic is rocking the teen fashion arena and looks to have the goods to keep the party going.
  90. Book Value Bonanzas?

    January 21, 2009
    Buying a stock under book value is no guarantee of success. However, it may in some cases limit downside potential.
  91. Is The American Consumer Finally Finished?

    January 15, 2009
    If retailers adjust costs and waits for consumers to reduce leverage, the American consume will prevail.
  92. 5 Low P/E Stock Picks For January

    January 5, 2009
    Stock with low P/E ratios are not a sure thing, but this metric can point you in the right direction.
  93. Five Reasons Old Navy Must Go

    October 22, 2008
    Make Old Navy walk the plank before this business drags the rest of the company down with it.
  94. New York & Company Cheap, But Not Cheap Enough

    October 16, 2008
    New York & Company has sold off considerably, but the holiday season might be bad enough to sell off the shares a little ...
  95. Heavy Volume Movers For October 9

    October 9, 2008
    Find tomorrow's winners today by following high-volume stocks. We track five of the market's top movers of the day.
  96. Lululemon Still "Om" Track With Yoga Mantra

    September 16, 2008
    An earnings beat prompted a two-day, 21% share bounce for the maker of trendy yoga-inspired apparel. Is this a sign that ...
  97. Gap Is Back

    August 26, 2008
    Investors can finally look forward to a Gap earnings release again. The latest edition features upbeat guidance and improved ...
  98. War Of The Stores - Fashion Vs. Value

    August 19, 2008
    A bad economy is supposed to be good for value retailers like Wal-Mart and bad for high-end stores. Someone forgot to tell ...
  99. Is The Surf Up?

    May 29, 2008
    Two years ago the surf business was the hottest thing going. Today, growth is stagnant. Can Quiksilver regain its focus?
  100. Cost Cuts Fill The Gap

    May 27, 2008
    Revenue slipped 5% for the quarter, yet Gap managed to boost earnings by cutting operating expenses and cost of goods sold.
  101. April Retail Sales Impress, Troubling Trends Remain

    May 9, 2008
    Wal-Mart led the retail charge. High-end retailers did well too, but this performance was driven by discounts and looks too ...
  102. Urban Outfitters' President Is Selling, Should You?

    April 22, 2008
    Eyebrows get raised when insiders sell shares just weeks before an earnings announcement, especially with the stock near ...
  103. Raining On Pacific Sunwear's Sunny Forecast

    March 17, 2008
    Pacific Sunwear is dressed in head-turning 2008 guidance, but given the retail freeze, it would have been wise to go conservative.
  104. The Gap Closing On The Competition

    March 3, 2008
    The Gap is no longer the ugly duckling of retail fashion. Its comps finally compare and margins have improved.
  105. Buckle Up For The Ride

    February 29, 2008
    Nebraska-based teen retailer Buckle is bucking the retail downtrend with its own recipe for success - 19% sales growth doesn't ...
  106. American Eagle Outfitters Quietly Beats The Competition (AEO)

    December 4, 2007
    Some think AEO had a poor quarter, but The Gap and Abercrombie & Fitch both had weaker operating margins and comps.
  107. Is The Gap Turnaround For Real? (GPS)

    September 5, 2007
    Gap reported a big increase in second-quarter net income and issued positive guidance for the remainder of the year.
  108. Closing The Gap (GPS)

    July 30, 2007
    Gap recently announced its new CEO. Can he bring this company back up alongside its competitors?
  109. Will Pacific Sun Rise? (PSUN)

    May 24, 2007
    Pacific Sun posted a decent Q1, and things should only get better from here.
  110. Off The Rack (KSS, JWN, ANF)

    May 17, 2007
    Whether middle-market, high-end or specialty, one of these retailers may be tailor made for you.
  111. Minding The Gap (GPS)

    January 15, 2007
    Despite recent buzz about a potential buyout, investors should wait until The Gap goes on sale before snapping up some shares.
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