Abercrombie & Fitch Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of hip clothier Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF  ) fell more than 22% in early trading after reporting disappointing third-quarter sales. A Janney Capital analyst also downgraded the stock from "buy" to "neutral" and cut her fair value estimate by more than 30%, Barron's reports.

So what: For its part, Abercrombie said comparable-store sales fell in flagship stores in Europe, Japan, and Canada. Worldwide, comps rose 8% year to date, but pockets of international weakness weighed on the shares. Janney questioned the exportability of the Abercrombie concept.

Now what: Fools probably aren't surprised by the comments, even if Wall Street and Big Money investors were. Throughout the past year Abercrombie & Fitch has rated just one of out five possible stars in our Motley Fool CAPS investor intelligence database. How do you rate the stock? Would you buy shares of Abercrombie & Fitch at current prices? Please weigh in using the comments box below.

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  • Report this Comment On November 03, 2011, at 10:02 PM, PeyDaFool wrote:

    I would not touch ANF shares with a ten foot pole; however, my girlfriend works for them and secures a cool 50% off their entire line. I figure a secure 50% return is much safer than investing in the overvalued stock.

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