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Apparel retailer American Eagle (NYSE:AEO) and meat processor Tyson Foods (NYSE:TSN) couldn't be saved by a rising market, both taking hits due to disappointing results and guidance.

American Eagle gets hammered

For a mall-based apparel retailer, American Eagle is doing surprisingly well. Comparable sales rose 2% in the second quarter, and the company beat analyst expectations across the board. But it wasn't enough to stop investors from throwing in the towel. The stock was down about 15.1% at 1:05 p.m. EDT.

American Eagle generated second-quarter revenue of $1.04 billion, up 8% year over year and $40 million ahead of the average analyst estimate. While the core American Eagle brand suffered a 1% decline in comparable sales, the fast-growing Aerie brand notched a 16% increase. It was the 19th straight quarter of double-digit growth for Aerie.

An Aerie store.

Image source: American Eagle.

The company admitted that its results were a bit below its own expectations due to weak sales of certain seasonal categories and a delayed back-to-school shopping period. "The AE team has taken quick action to strengthen the business and we are pleased to see an improvement in third quarter-to-date sales," said CEO Jay Schottenstein.

American Eagle reported adjusted earnings per share of $0.39, a full $0.07 higher than analysts were expecting. The company expects third-quarter adjusted EPS between $0.47 and $0.49, driven by comparable sales growth in the low to mid single digits.

The ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China could be one reason for the negative reaction to American Eagle's results. Apparel from China was hit by the tariffs that went into effect on Sept. 1. These levies could hurt the company's bottom line if it's forced to absorb some of the costs.

Tyson cuts its guidance

Shares of meat processor Tyson Foods have been on a tear this year, nearly doubling since bottoming out in late 2018. But a warning from the company about "short-term challenges" in the fourth quarter has investors looking for the exit. The stock was down about 6.2% at 1:05 p.m. EDT.

Tyson is facing a few issues, including margin compression related to grain derivatives, commodity market volatility, implementation of enhanced food safety initiatives, a fire at a beef processing plant, and sluggish operational improvements in the chicken business.

"The discrete challenges we've encountered this quarter now lead us to believe we will fall short of our previously stated guidance," said Tyson CEO Noel White. For the full year, the company now expects to produce adjusted earnings per share between $5.30 and $5.75. That's down from a range of $5.75 to $6.10, which Tyson reiterated just last month.

The suddenness of this guidance cut should be concerning to investors, but the company sees at least some of these challenges not repeating in fiscal 2020. Tyson also expects more favorable market conditions next year.

Tyson stock has been a strong performer this year, but some of those gains may vanish as the company struggles to maintain the bottom line.

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