4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Buckle

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, teen-oriented apparel retailer The Buckle (NYSE: BKE  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Buckle's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Buckle facts

Headquarters (founded) Kearney, Neb. (1948)
Market Cap $2.1 billion
Industry Apparel retail
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $1.1 billion
Management President/CEO Dennis Nelson
Treasurer/Corporate Controller Thomas Heacock
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 35.9%
Cash/Debt $197.7 million / $0
Dividend Yield 1.8%
Competitors Abercrombie & Fitch
American Eagle Outfitters
Gap

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 90% of the 597 members who have rated Buckle believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those Fools, ndavis90210, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

Between the dividends and the consistent growth, Buckle looks like a winner. ... [T]here seem to be those that think Buckle is a fad that will fade away and/or their merchandise is overpriced to the point of destroying demand. ...

However, whenever I go to my local mall, Buckle always seems to have their share of customers. They seem to have a relatively large range of age appeal too -- centered around younger adults, but including teens and more middle-aged people too. I think that helps them keep a more even keel as far as fads and trends go.

Also, just because they sell trendy clothing today does not mean they can't sell trendy clothing tomorrow, or five, ten, fifteen years from now. Buckle has been around for awhile (decades). I think they've seen one or two trend changes over that time, and it looks like they handled them just fine.  

If you want market-thumping returns, you need to put together the best portfolio you can. Of course, despite a strong four-star rating, Buckle may not be your top choice.

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Want to see how well (or not so well) the stocks in this series are performing? Follow the TrackPoisedTo CAPS account. Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Buckle. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.


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