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After being locked at a two-star rank for more than a year, enough top-performing CAPS members have turned bullish on Aeropostale (NYSE:ARO) recently to upgrade it to a more formidable three stars. A total of 571 members have given their opinion on Aeropostale, with many of them offering analysis and commentary explaining the recent optimism.

While Aeropostale may have disappointed some by reporting that November same-store sales grew by "only" 7%, many CAPS members see the company well-positioned for when the retail environment improves. The teen-clothing retailer's sales comps outpaced many peers, including Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF), Buckle (NYSE:BKE), and American Apparel (NYSE:APP), and also major department stores such as J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP) and Macy's (NYSE:M). It shook off the Black Friday disappointment that plagued others and did even better in the two days following Thanksgiving -- on top of reporting a 150% jump in sales on Cyber Monday.

The company's relatively low prices have continued to draw in shoppers and it's managed inventory well through the downturn. Third-quarter revenue grew by 18% from last year and net income increased by a healthy 47%. While mammoth discounter Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) has been on a holiday price blitz, Aeropostale is kicking the promotions into high gear for the holiday season, looking to put pressure on competitors and take market share. Some CAPS members expect the momentum to continue and think the company will continue to outperform rivals. And some investors believe that current share prices offer up a bargain.

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Fool contributor Dave Mock recently upgraded his car air freshener to aromatic vanilla -- mmmmm. He owns no shares of companies mentioned here. Wal-Mart Stores is a Motley Fool Inside Value selection. The Fool owns shares of Abercrombie & Fitch. The Fool's disclosure policy just can't bring itself to join in the flavored-martini craze.