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It’s getting close to the time whenGameStop (NYSE:GME)will tell us how poorly the holiday shopping season played out. The largest dedicated retailer of video games will serve up financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter on Thursday.

We already know that the small-box chain wasn’t at its best through the first two-thirds of the quarter. Total sales through the first two months of the period plunged 16.4% to $2.5 billion, held back by a brutal 18.7% slide in comparable-store sales. November comps plummeted 26.6% as aggressive Black Friday promotions and weak gamer appetite for Call of Duty: Infinite WarfareandTitanfall 2weighed on its registers. December comps clocked in with a more modest 13% year-over-year dip, and GameStop said in mid-January that the trend was continuing to improve into the third and final month of the fiscal period.

We’ll know for sure how January played out after Thursday’s market close. GameStop’s guidance in mid-January was for comps for the holiday quarter to decline between 16% and 18%, better than the 18.7% drop through the first two months combined.

best stocks to buy today: Palo Alto Networks, Inc.(PANW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    RB: I thought wed be up more than we are on cybersecurity plays. We have 25% gains on recommendations like Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW). Were off a few percentage points on CyberArk Software (NASDAQ: CYBR).

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    It is unclear which company or companies will benefit from this executive order. But that isn’t stopping investors from placing their bets as most cybersecurity stocks were trading higher during Friday’s trading session; at the same time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 index were trading in the red.

    Shares of Barracuda Networks Inc (NYSE: CUDA) were trading higher by 2.98 percent at $21.77. Shares of Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP) were trading higher by 1.21 percent at $107.00. Shares of FireEye Inc (NASDAQ: FEYE) were trading higher by 0.70 percent at $14.55. Shares of Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) were trading higher by 0.62 percent at $115.86.

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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Palo Alto Networks Inc. (NYSE: PANW) reported fiscal second quarter 2017 adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.63 on revenue of $422.6 million. In the same period a year ago, the network security company reported EPS of $0.43 on revenue of $334.7 million. Second-quarter results compare to consensus estimates for EPS of $0.62 and $429.72 million in revenue.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    On Monday, Cramer said, he’ll be looking out for Tyson Foods (TSN) , Jack in the Box (JACK) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) . Tyson is good, but out of favor, Cramer said while remaining bullish on Jack and Palo Alto.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    Last November, I compared Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW) with FireEye (NASDAQ:FEYE) to see which one was the better play on the growing cybersecurity market. I concluded that FireEye was a slightly better pick than Palo Alto, due to its cost-cutting measures, lower valuation, and takeover potential.

  • [By Harsh Chauhan]

    Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW) will look for redemption when it releases its second-quarter fiscal 2017 results after the bell on Feb. 28. The network security specialist had offered a weaker-than-expected outlook in its last quarterly report as some of its deals requiring “additional approvals” got pushed back.

best stocks to buy today: Urban Outfitters Inc.(URBN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Urban Outfitters Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) fiscal third-quarter results are scheduled for Monday. The consensus estimates are calling for $0.33 in earnings per share (EPS) and $861 million in revenue. The shares were last seen trading at $27.90. The consensus price target is $22.15, and the 52-week trading range is $16.19 to $39.29.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Urban Outfitters Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) fiscal third-quarter report is scheduled for Tuesday. The consensus estimates are $0.44 in EPS and $869.07 million in revenue. Shares traded at $37.51 on Friday. The consensus price target is $37.36, and the 52-week range is $20.06 to $40.80.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Guess?, Inc and other apparel retailers likelarge cap The Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS),mid cap Urban Outfitters, Inc (NASDAQ: URBN)and small capAbercrombie & Fitch Co (NYSE: ANF) all weakening over the past few years; but also showing signs of renewed strength:

best stocks to buy today: CRB Futures Index(CR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Crane Co. (NYSE: CR) shares were also up, gaining 12 percent to $67.56 on stronger-than-expected Q3 earnings.

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  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Crane Co. (NYSE: CR) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.86 per share on revenue of $644.60 million.

    Oceaneering International (NYSE: OII) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $641.85 million.

best stocks to buy today: Fossil Inc.(FOSL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Fossil Group Inc. (NASDAQ: FOSL) dropped nearly 21% Wednesday, to post a new 52-week low of $18.10 after closing at $22.87 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $51.93. Volume was about 15 times the daily average of around 1.2 million shares. The company reported so-so results last night and Wells Fargo cut its rating on the stock to Underperform this morning.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    After running through their scenarios,Boruchow comes up with five losers from Trump’s tax plans: Carters (CRI), Urban Outfitters (URBN), Under Armour (UA), Fossil Group (FOSL) and Gap (GPS). He explains why:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Fossil Group Inc (NASDAQ: FOSL) was down, falling around 21 percent to $14.32 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results and issued a weak outlook for the second quarter.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Thursday was Fossil Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOSL) which rose over 9% to $7.75. The stocks 52-week range is $5.50 to $27.93. Volume was 3 million compared to its average volume of 2 million.

  • [By Nicholas Rossolillo]

    Wearable devices are quickly becoming mainstream technology, with smartwatches and fitness trackers leading the way. You’d never know that based on the performance of traditional watchmaker Fossil Group (NASDAQ:FOSL) as the company is struggling to adapt to the changing times.

best stocks to buy today: Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.(LYV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    For his “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer checked in with Michael Rapino, president and CEO of Live Nation Entertainment (LYV) , a stock that’s up 44% since Cramer last spoke with him a little more than a year ago but also one that fell 3% in today’s session on what appeared to be solid quarterly results.

Top 5 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018

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Top 5 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Urban Outfitters Inc.(URBN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    The Children’s Place (NASDAQ:PLCE) and Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ:URBN) were two of the biggest individual stock movers.

    The Children’s Place posts accelerating growth

    Shares of specialty retailer The Children’s Place soared 18% after the company announced solid fiscal fourth-quarter results. Comparable-retail sales rose by 6.9%, which marked an acceleration over the prior year’s 6.7% pace while landing at the top of the upgraded guidance range that management issued in early January. Adjusted net income jumped 58% to $35 million at the same time, translating to $1.88 per share of profit. CEO Jane Elfers and her executive team, in contrast, had forecast a per-share profit range of between $1.53 and $1.58.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    After running through their scenarios,Boruchow comes up with five losers from Trump’s tax plans: Carters (CRI), Urban Outfitters (URBN), Under Armour (UA), Fossil Group (FOSL) and Gap (GPS). He explains why:

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Other chains are more opaque, but offer clues that reveal problems with their in-store sales. Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ:URBN) said that its e-commerce sales increased by double digits over the holidays, but in-store sales were lower than expected. Total comps increased 1.5%. Macy’s reported a similar trend, saying overall comparable sales were down 2.1%, but online sales via macys.com and bloomingdales.com were up in the double digits.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Tuesday is a huge day, with Burlington Stores (BURL) , Dollar Tree (DLTR) , Urban Outfitters (URBN) and Signet Jewelers (SIG) all reporting. Cramer was not impressed with any of the four.

Top 5 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: HSBC Holdings plc(HSBC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Up first on our list of financial sector breakout trades is $156 billion global bank HSBC Holdings plc (HSBC) . Don’t get fooled by the headline numbers in HSBC this year – shares may be hovering around breakeven year-to-date, but they’re up more than 35% from their April lows. And after tracking sideways for the last couple of months, HSBC is back in breakout mode this week.

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Here are the top 10 financial bodies investing in lobbying in 2017:

    American Bankers Association: $5.6 million
    Securities Industry & Financial Market Association: $3.5 million
    Financial Services Roundtable: $3.0 million
    Independent Community Bankers of America: $2.7 million
    Association of International CPAs: $2.6 million
    Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C): $2.5 million
    Investment Company Institute: $2.4 million
    S&P Global Inc (NYSE: SPGI): $2.4 million
    Credit Union National Association: $2.4 million
    HSBC Holdings plc (ADR) (NYSE: HSBC): $2.4 million

    Dozens of others spent more than $1 million, including Ally Financial Inc (NYSE: ALLY), Visa Inc (NYSE: V) and Navient Corp (NASDAQ: NAVI).

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    And the Aramco IPO is making progress. On Feb. 7, the Saudi Arabian oil company hired Moelis & Co. (NYSE:MC) as its IPO advisor. Then on Feb. 21, the company hired the lead underwriters for the IPO. Wall Street stalwarts JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), and HSBC Holdings Plc. (NYSE ADR: HSBC) won the lucrative underwriting contracts.

Top 5 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: CGG(CGG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jonas Elmerraji]

    First up is French oil service firm CGG Veritas (CGG)
    . The Eurozone-based energy stock hasn’t exactly posted blockbuster performance in 2013, but investors who ignore CGG for the final stretch of the year could be making a big mistake. That’s because of a bullish technical pattern that’s emerging in shares right now.

    CGG spent most of the last eight months looking anything but bullish. But an ascending triangle pattern is changing that. The pattern is formed by horizontal resistance to the upside at $26, and uptrending support to the below shares. Basically, as CGG bounces in between those two technical levels, it’s getting squeezed closer and closer to a breakout above $26. When that happens, traders have a buy signal.

    The ascending triangle pattern in CGG Veritas isn’t exactly textbook. That’s because the setup is forming at the bottom of a downtrend, rather than in the middle of an uptrend – but it’s a mistake to get caught up on the textbook pictures of what trading patterns are supposed to look like. On a move through $26, the trading implications are just as actionable.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    CGG SA (ADR) (NYSE: CGG) shares shot up 32 percent to $7.15 after the company reported an agreement in principle on financial restructuring plan with main creditors and DNCA.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Friday afternoon, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from CGG SA (ADR) (NYSE: CGG) and Geospace Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: GEOS).

Top 5 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: EXCO Resources NL(XCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    These are the 10 best penny stocks that have seen the biggest returns over the last week (March 7 – March 14)…

    Penny StockCurrent PriceWeekly Gain (March 7 – March 14)Ocera Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: OCRX)$1.47+147.1%Internap Corp. (Nasdaq: INAP)$3.28+41.4%Soligenix Inc. (Nasdaq: SNGX)$2.94+40%Navios Maritime Partners LP (NYSE: NMM)$2.63+37%QuickLogic Corp. (Nasdaq: QUIK)$2.14+30.5%Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp. (Nasdaq: ADMP)$4.60+22.7EXCO Resources Inc. (NYSE: XCO)$0.65+20.5%Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CYCC)$4.38+20.3%Hebron Technology Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq: HEBT)$3.99+19.1%Curis Inc. (Nasdaq: CRIS)$2.85+18.4%

    As a reminder, this is only a tracking metric of penny stocks trading on SEC-regulated exchanges like the Nasdaq and NYSE. Although these top penny stocks are safer than those trading on the pink sheets, we don’t recommend buying any of them without the proper amount of financial research.

Top 5 Medical Stocks To Watch For 2018: Alaska Air Group, Inc.(ALK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Alaska Air Group (ALK) has advanced 1.3% to $94.55 after getting upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel.

    Shake Shack (SHAK) has risen 1.7% to $33 after getting upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Wedbush.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Last year, a potential solution appeared when Alaska Air (NYSE:ALK) acquired Virgin America, which is the only other commercial airline at Love Field, whereas Alaska Airlines flies to nearby Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). It seemed plausible that Alaska would consolidate its Dallas-area operations at DFW, the region’s main airport.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    It’s been clear from the beginning that Alaska Air’s (NYSE:ALK) acquisition of Virgin America was bad news for United Continental (NYSE:UAL). Alaska Air’s management viewed the deal as a springboard for growth in California — especially in the Bay Area. Meanwhile, United is the dominant airline in San Francisco.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    To meet this condition, Delta and Aeromexico agreed to divest up to 24 slot pairs at Mexico City International Airport. Now, the three largest low-fare airlines in the U.S. — Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV), Alaska Air (NYSE:ALK), and JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU) — are close to being cleared for expansion in Mexico City.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    While Southwest Airlines achieved the best score overall, Alaska Air (NYSE:ALK) received top marks among traditional carriers. This was its 10th consecutive victory in the traditional carrier segment.

Top Tech Stocks To Own For 2018

Imagine your frail father dons a virtual reality headset so he can “attend” his grandson’s graduation and feel as if he’s really there. Or your mom, forgetful about her medicine, swallows a teensy sensor encased in medication that will relay the time she took the pill and the dosage to her smartphone.

SEE ALSO: Technology Helps Seniors Remain at Home

Perhaps your mother-in-law has dementia, which makes her agitated. A small robot she holds that acts like a cat, including purring, calms her instantly. Afraid shell wander? Your phone can alert you if she does.

Whether already in use or still being tested, aging-in-place technology is improving the aging experience for seniors and family caregivers. Part of the reason: the development of artificial intelligence, or AI, and “big data.” With AI, devices can react like humans after assessing a situation and learning someone’s habits. Wearable gadgetsthink Fitbit on steroidscan collect and analyze health data, while medical mini-machines monitor chronic conditions and customize treatment.

Top Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: Timken Company (The)(TKR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Timken (TKR) was downgraded to neutral from buy at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. $40 price target. The valuation is less attractive, as the stock is up 35% year-to-date, analysts said. 

Top Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: Ocean Power Technologies Inc.(OPTT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Ocean Power Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: OPTT) shares shot up 44 percent to $2.64. On Friday, Ocean Power Technologies reported the deployment of its PB3 PowerBuoy in Japan.

Top Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: Urban Outfitters Inc.(URBN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The retail bubble, so dubbed by Urban Outfitters’ (URBN) CEO, claimed another victim today, as Express (EXPR) became the latest retailer to get hammered after releasing its earnings.

    Karlie Kloss!!! Getty Images

    It wasn’t the earnings, so much, as the guidance that’s sinking Express’s shares.Express reported a profit of 28 cents, in line with analyst forecasts, but predicted earnings of 65 cents to 73 cents in 2017, below forecasts for 82 cents, according to FactSet. Shares of Express have dropped 11% to $9.51 today, while Urban Outfitters fell 2.6% to $24.75. The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT) gained 1% to $42.38.

    MKM’s Roxanne Meyer sees tailwinds–and headwinds–for Express’s stock:

    There are several catalysts that have potential to support improving fundamentals, but more materially in 2H and beyond: 1) reduced SKU count (down 20% in women’s/10% in men’s), which means EXPR will be investing in greater depth instead of breadth; 2) benefits from new systems should begin to bear fruit in 2H; 3) potential sales lift from the loyalty program relaunch (realistically a 2H opportunity); 4) launch of petites online in spring and launch of a collection collaborated with Karlie Kloss in April (unclear as to how material a driver); and 5) lower IMU/AUC in 2H from sourcing initiatives. However, these are balanced by: 1) a down-trending Portofino tops collection, which we believe has historically been meaningful to 1Q results; 2) pressure from higher wages and incentive comp (will require a MSD comp to leverage SG&A); and 3) merchandise margin not expected to improve until 2H17, despite corrective actions to assortment (mainly driven by compares).

    Any wonder she rates it Neutral?

  • [By Peter Graham]

    “We previously suggested shares of Urban Outfitters Inc. (URBN) as a good long-term idea and although the stock hasn’t performed to expectations yet, we still believe this is one of the better specialty retail plays that will benefit from any unexpected strength this Holiday Season.”

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) which traded down 3.5% at $24.29. The stocks 52-week range is $22.87 to $40.80. Volume was 4.47 million versus the daily average of 2.59 million shares. The company saw its shares drop following a continued negative sentiment from its recent earnings report and a Friday decision from S&P to drop the stock from the S&P 500 Index.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    The Children’s Place (NASDAQ:PLCE) and Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ:URBN) were two of the biggest individual stock movers.

    The Children’s Place posts accelerating growth

    Shares of specialty retailer The Children’s Place soared 18% after the company announced solid fiscal fourth-quarter results. Comparable-retail sales rose by 6.9%, which marked an acceleration over the prior year’s 6.7% pace while landing at the top of the upgraded guidance range that management issued in early January. Adjusted net income jumped 58% to $35 million at the same time, translating to $1.88 per share of profit. CEO Jane Elfers and her executive team, in contrast, had forecast a per-share profit range of between $1.53 and $1.58.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    “We previously suggested shares of Urban Outfitters Inc. (URBN) as a good long-term idea and although the stock hasn’t performed to expectations yet, we still believe this is one of the better specialty retail plays that will benefit from any unexpected strength this Holiday Season.”

Guess Inc Q3 Earnings: Mixed Results

Small cap apparel retailerGuess?, Inc (NYSE: GES) reportedearnings for Q3 Fiscal 2018 (ended October28, 2017) after the market closed on Wednesday with results mixed on anearnings beat, but weaker than anticipated revenue due to asharper decline than expected in North American year-over-year sales.Total net revenue increased 3.3% or 0.6% in constant currencyto $554.1 million, compared to $536.3 million in the prior-year quarter as:

Americas Retail revenues decreased 13.4% in U.S. dollars and 14.3% in constant currency. Retail comp sales including e-commerce decreased 10% in U.S. dollars and 11% in constant currency. Europe revenues increased 18.8% in U.S. dollars and 11.9% in constant currency. Retail comp sales including e-commerce increased 10% in U.S. dollars and 4% in constant currency. Asia revenues increased 16.8% in U.S. dollars and 18.5% in constant currency. Retail comp sales including e-commerce increased 3% in U.S. dollar and 5% in constant currency. Americas Wholesale revenues decreased 2.5% in U.S. dollars and 4.5% in constant currency. Licensing revenues increased 9.1% in U.S. dollars and constant currency.

GAAP net losswas $2.9 million versus GAAP net earnings of $9.1 million. The CEO commented:

Overall, our third quarter adjusted operating profit finished within our expectations, and adjusted earnings per share ended above the high-end of our guidance. We continue to see good momentum in Europe and Asia, where our revenues were up 19% and 17%, respectively, mainly driven by new store openings, wholesale growth and positive comp sales. We were also thrilled with the operating margin expansion in the Americas Retail despite a sales decline. This is the result of our profit improvement plan which included tight markdown management, higher IMUs, negotiated rent reductions and unprofitable store closures.

Overall, as I peek into the future of our Company, I believe that Europe and Asia still offer a lot of opportunity and should continue to grow double-digits next year. I expect the profitability in the Americas to continue to benefit from our cost reduction and margin improvement initiatives. Finally, we remain committed to our long-term goal of 7.5% operating margin that we expect to achieve through revenue growth and disciplined cost control.

A technical chart for Guess?, Inc shows shares leveling off around the beginning of October, but now moving higher:

A long term performance chart shows Guess?, Inc and other apparel retailers likelarge cap The Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS),mid cap Urban Outfitters, Inc (NASDAQ: URBN)and small capAbercrombie & Fitch Co (NYSE: ANF) all weakening over the past few years; but also showing signs of renewed strength:

Finally, here is a quick recap of small capGuess?, Incs recent earnings history along with EPS estimate trends from the Yahoo! Finance analyst estimates page going into the current earnings report:

Earnings History1/30/20174/29/20177/30/201710/30/2017
EPS Est. 0.44 -0.32 0.1 0.12
EPS Actual 0.41 -0.24 0.19 0.12
Difference -0.03 0.08 0.09 0
Surprise % -6.80% 25.00% 90.00% 0.00%
EPS TrendCurrent Qtr. (Jan 2018)Next Qtr. (Apr 2018)Current Year (2018)Next Year (2019)
Current Estimate 0.52 -0.2 0.6 0.78
7 Days Ago 0.52 -0.2 0.59 0.77
30 Days Ago 0.51 -0.21 0.58 0.75
60 Days Ago 0.51 -0.21 0.58 0.75
90 Days Ago 0.43 -0.2 0.4 0.59

Urban Outfitters Q3 Earnings: Record Sales on Improved Execution

Midcap Urban Outfitters, Inc (NASDAQ: URBN) reportedearnings for fiscal Q3 2018 after the Monday close with results above Wall Street expectations as the Company focuses on getting products to market faster and shortening delivery times across its various brands. Total Company net sales increased 3.5% to a record $893 million asComparable Retail segment net sales, which include the comparable direct-to-consumer channel, increased 1%. Excluding the estimated impact of the North American hurricanes in the quarter, comparable Retail segment net sales increased 2%, and by brand, comparable Retail segment net sales increased 5% at Free People, 2% at the Anthropologie Group and 1% at Urban Outfitters. Comparable Retail segment sales were driven by strong, double-digit growth in the direct-to-consumer channel, partially offset by negative retail store sales whilewholesale segment net sales increased 8.7%. Net income was $45.092million versus$47.355 million.

The CEO commented:

I am pleased to announce record third quarter sales, positive Retail segment comps at all three brands and another strong performance from Free People wholesale. Record sales were driven by improved apparel execution across all channels and brands.

Back in2014, Urban Outfitterswas in our Elite Opportunity Pro (EOP) portfolio more for technical chart reasons with a November 2014 EOP newsletter having this to say:

“We previously suggested shares of Urban Outfitters Inc. (URBN) as a good long-term idea and although the stock hasn’t performed to expectations yet, we still believe this is one of the better specialty retail plays that will benefit from any unexpected strength this Holiday Season.”

“Sure, the Company always seems to be in the limelight with respect to their somewhat avant-garde style of clothing and marketing tactics, however, there’s no denying they’re one of the more preferred destinations for young and old shoppers seeking more of a hip and alternative fashion statement.”

A technical chart for Urban Outfitters shows a big dip with shares now back above February highs:

A long term performance chart shows Urban Outfitters along with other specialty fashion retailers likelarge capThe Gap Incs (NYSE: GPS) and small capsAbercrombie & Fitch Co (NYSE: ANF) and Guess?, Inc (NYSE: GES) all largelydrifting lower over the past few years albeit there have been dips and peaks where traders could profit:

Finally, here is a quick recap of mid cap Urban Outfitters recent earnings history along with EPS estimate trends from the Yahoo! Finance analyst estimates page going into the current earnings report:

Earnings History1/30/20174/29/20177/30/201710/30/2017
EPS Est. 0.56 0.16 0.37 0.33
EPS Actual 0.55 0.1 0.44 0.41
Difference -0.01 -0.06 0.07 0.08
Surprise % -1.80% -37.50% 18.90% 24.20%
EPS TrendCurrent Qtr. (Jan 2018)Next Qtr. (Apr 2018)Current Year (2018)Next Year (2019)
Current Estimate 0.57 0.17 1.42 1.59
7 Days Ago 0.57 0.17 1.42 1.59
30 Days Ago 0.57 0.17 1.41 1.58
60 Days Ago 0.57 0.17 1.41 1.58
90 Days Ago 0.57 0.17 1.42 1.57

Guess Inc Q3 Earnings: Mixed Results

Small cap apparel retailerGuess?, Inc (NYSE: GES) reportedearnings for Q3 Fiscal 2018 (ended October28, 2017) after the market closed on Wednesday with results mixed on anearnings beat, but weaker than anticipated revenue due to asharper decline than expected in North American year-over-year sales.Total net revenue increased 3.3% or 0.6% in constant currencyto $554.1 million, compared to $536.3 million in the prior-year quarter as:

Americas Retail revenues decreased 13.4% in U.S. dollars and 14.3% in constant currency. Retail comp sales including e-commerce decreased 10% in U.S. dollars and 11% in constant currency. Europe revenues increased 18.8% in U.S. dollars and 11.9% in constant currency. Retail comp sales including e-commerce increased 10% in U.S. dollars and 4% in constant currency. Asia revenues increased 16.8% in U.S. dollars and 18.5% in constant currency. Retail comp sales including e-commerce increased 3% in U.S. dollar and 5% in constant currency. Americas Wholesale revenues decreased 2.5% in U.S. dollars and 4.5% in constant currency. Licensing revenues increased 9.1% in U.S. dollars and constant currency.

GAAP net losswas $2.9 million versus GAAP net earnings of $9.1 million. The CEO commented:

Overall, our third quarter adjusted operating profit finished within our expectations, and adjusted earnings per share ended above the high-end of our guidance. We continue to see good momentum in Europe and Asia, where our revenues were up 19% and 17%, respectively, mainly driven by new store openings, wholesale growth and positive comp sales. We were also thrilled with the operating margin expansion in the Americas Retail despite a sales decline. This is the result of our profit improvement plan which included tight markdown management, higher IMUs, negotiated rent reductions and unprofitable store closures.

Overall, as I peek into the future of our Company, I believe that Europe and Asia still offer a lot of opportunity and should continue to grow double-digits next year. I expect the profitability in the Americas to continue to benefit from our cost reduction and margin improvement initiatives. Finally, we remain committed to our long-term goal of 7.5% operating margin that we expect to achieve through revenue growth and disciplined cost control.

A technical chart for Guess?, Inc shows shares leveling off around the beginning of October, but now moving higher:

A long term performance chart shows Guess?, Inc and other apparel retailers likelarge cap The Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS),mid cap Urban Outfitters, Inc (NASDAQ: URBN)and small capAbercrombie & Fitch Co (NYSE: ANF) all weakening over the past few years; but also showing signs of renewed strength:

Finally, here is a quick recap of small capGuess?, Incs recent earnings history along with EPS estimate trends from the Yahoo! Finance analyst estimates page going into the current earnings report:

Earnings History1/30/20174/29/20177/30/201710/30/2017
EPS Est. 0.44 -0.32 0.1 0.12
EPS Actual 0.41 -0.24 0.19 0.12
Difference -0.03 0.08 0.09 0
Surprise % -6.80% 25.00% 90.00% 0.00%
EPS TrendCurrent Qtr. (Jan 2018)Next Qtr. (Apr 2018)Current Year (2018)Next Year (2019)
Current Estimate 0.52 -0.2 0.6 0.78
7 Days Ago 0.52 -0.2 0.59 0.77
30 Days Ago 0.51 -0.21 0.58 0.75
60 Days Ago 0.51 -0.21 0.58 0.75
90 Days Ago 0.43 -0.2 0.4 0.59

Deere, GameStop and More Earnings Coming This Week

Thanksgiving is coming this week and the markets will be taking Thursday off. Also, many people will be taking off the Wednesday before and Friday after. So most of the action next week will be happening on Monday and Tuesday in this abbreviated trading week.

24/7 Wall St. has put together a preview of some of the top companies reporting their latest results in the coming week. We have included the consensus earnings estimates from Thomson Reuters, as well as the stock price and trading history for these companies ahead of the report.

The main part of the earnings season has come and gone, now the stragglers are starting to pour in. While most of the major names have already reported, there are still some big names coming this week.

Urban Outfitters Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) fiscal third-quarter results are scheduled for Monday. The consensus estimates are calling for $0.33 in earnings per share (EPS) and $861 million in revenue. The shares were last seen trading at $27.90. The consensus price target is $22.15, and the 52-week trading range is $16.19 to $39.29.

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is set to release its most recent quarterly results Monday as well. The consensus forecast calls for $0.62 in EPS on $1.17 billion in revenue. Shares ended the week at $68.79 apiece. The consensus price target is $72.15, and the 52-week range is $42.92 to $69.09.

Campbell Soup Co. (NYSE: CPB) will report its most recent quarterly results on Tuesday. The consensus estimates are $0.97 in EPS and $2.17 billion in revenue. Shares closed trading at $49.72 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $45.00 to $64.23. The consensus price target is $49.79.

Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE: CRM) fiscal third-quarter results also are scheduled for Tuesday. The consensus forecast is $0.37 in EPS on $2.65 billion in revenue. Shares were last seen at $107.58. The consensus price target is $115.20. The 52-week range is $66.43 to $107.85.

Lowes Companies Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is expected to release its most recent quarterly results Tuesday. The consensus forecast calls for $1.02 in EPS and $16.58 billion in revenue. Shares ended the week at $80.22. The consensus price target is $85.68, and the 52-week range is $67.77 to $86.25.

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DSW Inc. (NYSE: DSW) is set to release its most recent quarterly results Tuesday. The consensus forecast calls for $0.53 in EPS and $709.63 million in revenue. Shares ended Friday’s session at $22.15. The consensus price target is $19.86, and the 52-week range is $15.14 to $25.96.

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME) will report its most recent quarterly results on Tuesday as well. Wall Street is looking for $0.43 in EPS and $1.96 billion in revenue. Shares closed trading at $16.31 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $15.85 to $26.85. The consensus price target is $22.05.

And Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE) will share its most recent quarterly numbers on Wednesday. The consensus estimates call for $1.45 in EPS and $6.99 billion in revenue. Shares were last seen trading at $135.77, in a 52-week range of $91.33 to $136.69. The consensus price target is $132.37.

Abercrombie & Fitch Q3 Earnings: Making Progress

Small cap teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co (NYSE: ANF) reportedQ3 2017 earnings before the market opened Friday with results topping expectations on higher sales nationally and at existing stores. Net sales were up 5% to $859.1 million with comparable sales for the third quarter up 4% and changes in foreign currency exchange rates benefiting net sales by 1%.

Fiscal 2017 Comparable Sales Summary (1)
Brand Geography
First Quarter Second Quarter Third Quarter Year-to-Date First Quarter Second Quarter Third Quarter Year-to-Date
Hollister 3% 5% 8% 6% United States (3)% 0% 6% 1%
Abercrombie(2) (10)% (7)% (2)% (6)% International (2)% (1)% 0% (1)%
Total Company (3)% (1)% 4% 0% Total Company (3)% (1)% 4% 0%

Net income attributable to Abercrombie & Fitch Co was $10.1 million versus $7.9 million last year.

The CEO commented:

“We are pleased by the clear progress across all brands, delivering another quarter of sequential comparable sales improvement, and a return to positive comparable sales. This sales performance in combination with disciplined expense management drove profit growth, despite the promotional environment. Our customers remain at the center of all we do, and that singular focus continues to drive both our brands forward, with effective engagement across all channels driving positive overall traffic and conversion trends. Hollister delivered another quarter of sales growth across all channels and geographies, and Abercrombie is beginning to show signs of stabilization.

We continue to execute on our strategic plan, and we are positioned to compete in what we expect to be a challenging and promotional fourth quarter. We maintain our focus on driving operating expense leverage, while also making strategic investments in marketing and omnichannel to meet our customers` needs whenever, wherever and however they choose to engage with our brands.”

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, the Company expects:

Comparable sales to be up low-single digits, and net sales to be up mid- to high-single digits, including benefits from the 53rd week and changes in foreign currency exchange rates

The 53rd week to benefit net sales by approximately $38 million and operating income by approximately $2 million

Changes in foreign currency exchange rates to benefit net sales by approximately $20 million and operating income by approximately $5 million, net of hedging

A gross profit rate down approximately 100 basis points to last year’s rate of 59.3%, in line with the third quarter year-over-year decline

Operating expense, including other operating income, to be down approximately 1% from $553.7 million last year, with expense reductions partially offset by increases in volume-related expenses from higher sales and the adverse effect from changes in foreign currency exchange rates

A technical chart for Abercrombie & Fitch Coshows shares hitting against a price ceiling around the $14.50 about a month ago:

A long term performance chart shows Abercrombie & Fitch Cobouncing lower since 2013while small capUrban Outfitters, Inc (NASDAQ: URBN)andmid capThe Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS) began bouncing lower a bit later in 2015:

Finally, here is a quick recap of small cap Abercrombie & Fitch Cos recent earnings history along with EPS estimate trends from the Yahoo! Finance analyst estimates page going into the current earnings report:

Earnings History10/30/20161/30/20174/29/20177/30/2017
EPS Est. 0.21 0.75 -0.7 -0.33
EPS Actual 0.02 0.75 -0.91 -0.16
Difference -0.19 0 -0.21 0.17
Surprise % -90.50% 0.00% -30.00% 51.50%
EPS TrendCurrent Qtr. (Oct 2017)Next Qtr. (Jan 2018)Current Year (2018)Next Year (2019)
Current Estimate 0.22 0.8 -0.01 0.02
7 Days Ago 0.22 0.8 -0.03 0.02
30 Days Ago 0.22 0.8 -0.03 0.02
60 Days Ago 0.22 0.8 -0.04 0.01
90 Days Ago 0.15 0.78 -0.3 -0.14