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Five Below Earnings: An Early Look

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Dan Caplinger
March 24, 2013

Earnings season is just about over, with almost all companies already having reported their quarterly results. But there are still a few companies left to report, and Five Below (NASDAQ: FIVE) is about to release its quarterly earnings. The key to making smart investment decisions with stocks releasing their quarterly reports is to anticipate how they'll do before they announce results, leaving you fully prepared to respond quickly to whatever inevitable surprises arise. That way, you'll be less likely to make an uninformed knee-jerk reaction to news that turns out to be exactly the wrong move.

The teen and preteen retail market is a tough place to be, with fickle customers moving quickly from one hot trend to the next without building much loyalty along the way. But Five Below hopes to tap the success of the dollar-store retail trend and adapt it to accessories and other merchandise, keeping prices of all of its products at $5 or less. Let's take an early look at what's been happening with Five Below over the past quarter and what we're likely to see in its quarterly report on Wednesday.

Stats on Five Below

Analyst EPS Estimate

$0.38

Change From Year-Ago EPS

153%

Revenue Estimate

$170.2 million

Change From Year-Ago Revenue

35%

Earnings Beats in Past 2 Quarte