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And many of these members are feeling more optimistic about retailer The Buckle (NYSE:BKE) these days. In fact, enough top-performing CAPS members are now bullish on the company to upgrade it from a two-star rank some months ago to a more formidable four stars today. A total of 437 members have given their opinion on The Buckle, with many offering analysis and commentary to explain their recent optimism.

Many CAPS members like how The Buckle has held up during this tough economy, continuing to drive customers to its teen retail stores. It followed up positive same-store sales numbers in November with a strong December. While more troubled retailers such as Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF) and Hot Topic (NASDAQ:HOTT) struggled through the holidays, The Buckle joined highfliers such as Aeropostale (NYSE:ARO) and American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO) by not only posting positive December comps, but also blowing past estimates.                                

During a year that posed many challenges for retailers, The Buckle soared through 2009, posting a 14% increase in net sales for the 48-week fiscal period ended Jan. 3. While giants like Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Wal-Mart Stores' (NYSE:WMT) walmart.com have been battling for online market share, The Buckle saw some online strength of its own during the third quarter. It added a 42% increase in online sales to its growing third-quarter sales at its traditional stores.

Investors also think the company's high insider ownership and strong management will help it continue to run a solid business going forward. The Buckle's been able to grow margins even while rivals have seen theirs fall, and its debt-free balance sheet and strong fundamentals are expected to keep the retailer well-positioned for growth.

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