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Rick Pendergraft
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Nov 20, 2020
Apparel Retailers Head in to Earnings Riding Huge Gains

Apparel Retailers Head in to Earnings Riding Huge Gains

One of the hardest hit industries in the past year has been retail apparel. Many of the companies that base their stores in the traditional enclosed shopping malls were already struggling even before the global health crisis hit. With malls closed or operating with limited hours, many of the apparel retailers were hit particularly hard.

Over the last four months the stocks of these companies have pretty strong bounces as investors believed the selling was overdone. Three companies in particular that have seen huge rallies in recent months will also be reporting earnings next week. Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), and Gap (GPS) are all set to report earnings on November 24.

If we look at the stocks of these companies over the last four months, we see some incredible gains. From July 20 through November 19, Abercrombie & Fitch gained 118.2%, Gap rallied 96.6%, and American Eagle jumped 70.6%. During that same time period the S&P 500 only gained 10.2%.

While Abercrombie was the leading performer of the three, the daily chart of Gap really caught my eye because of how organized and consistent the rally has been. We see a very well formed trend channel that defines the cycles within the overall upward trend.

As impressive as the rallies have been, I have my concerns about whether these companies can warrant such huge moves in their stock. In the last round of quarterly earnings reports we saw all three post revenue declines with Abercrombie seeing its revenue drop 17%, American Eagle’s dropped 15%, and Gap saw its sales drop 18%.

That isn’t exactly the recipe for success and all three companies have rather small profit margins. This means that the companies need to sell more and more product in order to bring their earnings up.

If we look at Tickeron’s fundamental analysis screener, all three companies rank poorly in the Profit vs. Risk rating—that rating is not based on the profits of the company, but rather the potential profit for investors versus the risk associated with buying it. The SMR ratings for Gap and American Eagle are both very poor and that rating includes the sales growth and profit margin figures mentioned above. One area where the stocks seem to do well was in the Valuation Rating. Both Gap and Abercrombie are rated above average in this category while American Eagle is average.

All three companies are expected to see big declines in their third quarter earnings results compared to Q3 2019. Abercrombie is expected to lose money in the quarter while Gap and American Eagle are expected to remain profitable, but see earnings decline by over 30% each. All three companies are expected to post huge declines in earnings for 2020 with big rebounds expected in 2021.

The overall comparison from Tickeron lays out how the companies compare to one another and how they measure up against other companies in general.

Related Tickers: GPS
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Sergey Savastiouk
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Mar 07, 2021
4 Tricks Hedge Funds Use to Get Ahead

4 Tricks Hedge Funds Use to Get Ahead

If the stock market were Major League Baseball, hedge funds and institutional investors would be the pros on championship teams while everyday self-directed investors (SDIs) are the benchwarmers in the minors.It’s how they get ahead, and it’s why 90% of SDIs lose money trying to play (invest and trade) in the major leagues. The 4 tricks we discuss below are rooted in one common theme: they all use Artificial Intelligence and algorithms to generate data and ideas.
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John Jacques
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Mar 22, 2018
A.I. Stock Market Predictions: Head & Shoulders

A.I. Stock Market Predictions: Head & Shoulders

Statistics for the Head-and-Shoulders Bottom Pattern The days where only hedge funds used algorithms to trade stocks are officially over. Now retail investors can use Artificial Intelligence (A.I.  Here’s an example of the algorithm in action: Late last year, Tickeron’s A.I.
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Sergey Savastiouk
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Jul 10, 2020
3 Stocks to Buy if Coronavirus Second Wave Hits

3 Stocks to Buy if Coronavirus Second Wave Hits

By analyzing market trends from the first wave, you can predict behavior for the second. Technology stocks have performed at historic levels this year, but the market is severely overbought.To compensate for that, look at performance during Q1 and Q2, the height of global Covid shutdowns.
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Edward Flores
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Feb 06, 2021
How to Become the Millionaire Next Door

How to Become the Millionaire Next Door

The Golden Gate Bridge is always a fixture of these walks too, one of man's most beautiful creations.  As we were walking, at one point she turned to me and said, "Man, I'll never have a million dollars."" My girlfriend is 27 years old and works as a graphic designer, making about $75,000 a year.
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Alla Petriaieva
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Feb 23, 2021
Is Ethereum’s Bomb about to Explode?

Is Ethereum’s Bomb about to Explode?

Ethereum’s software is set for an update in October.Until it is finished, participants in the Ethereum blockchain must determine how to delay the difficulty bomb – code that necessitates a steadily increasing amount of computer power to mine blocks and unlock rewards – that is already in place.
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Sergey Savastiouk
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Aug 07, 2018
When Is the Next Recession Coming?

When Is the Next Recession Coming?

However, we also know that economists predicted 22 recessions out of 11 that took place since 1945. Are there real recession signs we should watch for?Indeed, the answer is yes, and here are a few very important ones: The first one is almost obvious and known to everyone – it is the Fed.
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Abhoy Sarkar
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May 22, 2020
Central banks have been buying $2.4 billion in assets every hour for the past two months

Central banks have been buying $2.4 billion in assets every hour for the past two months

Some $17.8 billion has been poured into  bond markets over the past week, the biggest move in more than three months.Around $3.5 billion has been invested into gold, the second largest on record. 
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Rick Pendergraft
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Feb 07, 2021
Mid-January Short Interest Report Shows 8 Stocks with Good Fundamentals and High Short Interest
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Sergey Savastiouk
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Mar 10, 2021
How to Start Trading Penny Stocks

How to Start Trading Penny Stocks

Penny stocks have long been marginalized within the professional investment community, oftentimes being painted with a broad brush of simply being “too risky.” Leonardo DiCaprio’s depiction of the penny stock peddling conman, Jordan Belfort, in the Wolf of Wall Street certainly didn’t help.Here are four reasons to start trading them now. Reason #1: Let’s State the Obvious -- Penny Stocks are Cheap A single share of Apple Inc. costs over $350.
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Abhoy Sarkar
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May 08, 2020
US unemployment rate jumps to 14.7%, the highest in series history

US unemployment rate jumps to 14.7%, the highest in series history

The U.S. economy’s employment fell by -20.5 million in April. The coronavirus crisis led to unemployment rate soaring to 14.7% in the U.S, the highest rate in the Bureau of Labor Statistics-tracked series history that goes back to 1948. However, the figures were better compared to several economists'/analysts' forecasts of 22 million job losses and 16% unemployment rate.  Another unemployment measure that includes those who have stopped looking for work as well as those holding part-time jobs for economic reasons also touched an all-time high of 22.8%.
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