Some days, you have to love the market. Like today. Yes, I'm one of those people who, perversely enough, has a big appetite for red. That's because I love getting shares on sale, and I think there might be a few good bargains appearing today. Despite good-looking sales results, a lot of fine retailers are taking their lumps.
Case in point: American Eagle Outfitters
What's bunching the schizoids' undies today? Horrors! It's same-store sales growth of 17% and overall sales growth above 25%. Oh, and charge them with the further crime of lifting earnings guidance into the range analysts were expecting. You'll excuse me if I laugh openly at the people running screaming for the exits, especially given the trajectory of American Eagle's margins, free cash flow, and dividend. (Hint: The direction is up.)
But beleaguered Eagle fans need not feel alone. Solid sales performances from Guess?
So rejoice, cheapskates. Mr. Market is giving you a bargain. He may even offer further discounts. He did the same thing on several strong companies late last summer, and by the early holiday season, some of them had offered amazing returns.
For related Foolishness:
- Remember: Only the right trend is your friend.
- See why American Eagle has attracted the attention of one of our savviest resident yield pigs.
- The street sang a different tune in June.
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Seth Jayson has been hoping for something like this for quite a while. Bring on the red! At the time of publication, he had shares of American Eagle, Aeropostale, and Guess?. View his stock holdings and Fool profile here. Fool rules are here.