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What: Even after a boffo Christmas for most retailers, shares of action-sports specialist Zumiez
So what: Wait, since when is 9.2% growth a bad thing? Traditionally, retailers like Zumiez tip from loss to profit for the year on "Black Friday," with further profits rolling in over the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. As strong as its same-store sales growth was, Zumiez still missed consensus estimates of 11.5% growth, imperiling its profit estimates for the quarter.
Now what: Oppenheimer tells us that along with American Eagle
Zumiez costs a pricey 41 times earnings, while Aeropostale fetches just 10 times. That's a significant discount to the 14% long-term growth Wall Street expects from the latter. The trade here seems kinda obvious to me.
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