Abercrombie & Fitch Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Teen-focused retailer Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF  ) saw its stock pop 10% in intraday trading today after posting a November same-store sales surge of 22%, which was well above analyst estimates of a 6.4% increase.

So what: Abercrombie is just one of several retailers benefitting from a strong start to the holiday shopping season. Big-box discounters like Costco (Nasdaq: COST  ) and Target (NYSE: TGT  ) , as well as retailers like The Buckle (NYSE: BKE  ) and Macy's (NYSE: M  ) , all posted better-than-expected November sales.

Now what: I'd use this Abercrombie pop as an opportunity to take at least some dough off the table. In recent quarters, Abercrombie's same-store sales declines have been some of the worst in the industry, as consumers have been reluctant to pay up for its premium apparel. I really don't think these results mark a complete reversal of that trend, and with cost-friendly Aeropostale (NYSE: ARO  ) down big today on worse-than-expected sales, you'll have a cheap place to roll that bet over.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Costco Wholesale is a Motley Fool Inside Value and Stock Advisor selection. The Fool owns shares of Costco and Aeropostale. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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  • Report this Comment On December 02, 2010, at 12:54 PM, PeyDaFool wrote:

    "I'd use this Abercrombie pop as an opportunity to take at least some dough off the table."

    Better move quick, Brian. Mike Jeffries, the CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch, already took $38.5 million off the table in 2009, including $639,000 of company money toward his personal use of a company-owned aircraft.

    If that's not a blatant example of CEO fiscal responsibility, I'm not sure what is.

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