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What: Shares of trendy apparel retailer Zumiez
So what: A cheery report of May sales with 7.8% higher same-store sales compared to the 2010 period wasn't good enough to overcome two analyst downgrades. The main motivation for those downgrades was "locking in profits," since the stock had gained some 25% since the middle of March.
Now what: Trading in and out of a growth stock like Zumiez based on short-term price changes will lead you down a dangerous and very un-Foolish road. That said, Zumiez looks expensive, with shares selling for 1.8 times trailing sales -- several times the P/S ratio seen in rivals Hot Topic
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