Apparel Stores Stocks on Investors’ Radar — Gap, American Eagle Outfitters, Ascena Retail, and Nordstrom – PR Newswire (press release)

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NEW YORK, March 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

The Apparel Stores segment includes retailers that engage in the design, marketing, and sale of clothing and footwear. Generally, companies in this industry are affected greatly by the strength of their brand. They are usually structured as corporations, and offer average dividend yields in comparison to the wider market. This morning, tracks the current performances of The Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), American Eagle Outfitters Inc. (NYSE: AEO), Ascena Retail Group Inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA), and Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE: JWN). Learn more about these stocks by downloading their comprehensive and free reports at:

On Thursday, shares in San Francisco, California headquartered The Gap Inc. saw a slight drop of 0.41%, ending the day at $24.13. The stock recorded a trading volume of 4.03 million shares. The Company’s shares have advanced 6.11% in the last one month and 7.53% since the start of this year. The stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 1.52% and 2.21%, respectively. Moreover, shares of The Gap, which operates as an apparel retail company worldwide, have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 49.03.

On February 23rd, 2017, Gap announced diluted earnings per share of $0.55 for Q4 FY16 and $1.69 for FY16 on a reported basis. The Company’s Q4 FY16 comparable sales were up 2% compared with a decline of 7% last year. Gap’s Q4 FY16 net sales increased 1% to $4.43 billion and FY16 net sales were $15.5 billion.

On February 24th, 2017, research firm Wedbush reiterated its ‘Neutral’ rating on the Company’s stock with a decrease of the target price from $27 a share to $23 a share. GPS complete research report is just a click away and free at:

American Eagle Outfitters

Shares in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania headquartered American Eagle Outfitters Inc. ended the day 0.75% lower at $14.48 with a total trading volume of 4.05 million shares. The stock is trading below its 50-day moving average by 4.23%. Shares of the Company, which operates as a specialty retailer offering on-trend clothing, accessories, and personal care products under the American Eagle Outfitters and Aerie brands, have an RSI of 43.70.

On March 02nd, 2017, research firm Wolfe Research reiterated its ‘Peer Perform’ rating on the Company’s stock with a decrease of the target price from $16 a share to $14 a share.

On March 08th, 2017, American Eagle Outfitters announced a quarterly cash dividend of $0.125 per share, marking the Company’s 51st consecutive quarterly dividend. The dividend is payable on April 21st, 2017, to stockholders of record at the close of business on April 07th, 2017. The complimentary report on AEO can be downloaded at:

Ascena Retail

At the close of trading on Thursday, shares in Mahwah, New Jersey-based Ascena Retail Group Inc. finished 6.80% lower at $4.25. A total volume of 6.52 million shares was traded, which was above their three months average volume of 3.49 million shares. The stock is trading below its 50-day moving average by 18.39%. Additionally, shares of Ascena Retail, which through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of apparel, shoes, and accessories for women and tween girls in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico, have an RSI of 33.32.

On March 06th, 2017, Ascena retail reported a net loss on a GAAP basis for Q2 FY17 of $0.18 per diluted share compared to a net loss of $0.12 per diluted share in Q2 FY16. The Company’s net sales for Q2 FY17 were $1.748 billion compared to $1.842 billion in Q2 FY16. The decrease in sales reflected the impact of 4% comparable sales decline.

On March 07th, 2017, research firm Citigroup downgraded the Company’s stock rating from ‘Neutral’ to ‘Sell’. Sign up for your complimentary research report on ASNA at:


Seattle, Washington-based Nordstrom Inc.’s shares recorded a trading volume of 2.10 million shares at the end of yesterday’s session. The stock closed the day 1.06% lower at $44.67. The Company’s shares have advanced 5.26% in the last one month. The stock is trading below its 50-day moving average by 0.83%. Additionally, shares of Nordstrom, which offers apparel, shoes, cosmetics, and accessories for men, women, and children in the US and Canada, have an RSI of 48.34.

On February 27th, 2017, research firm RBC Capital Markets reiterated its ‘Outperform’ rating on the Company’s stock with a decrease of the target price from $50 a share to $47 a share.

On March 09th, 2017, Seattle-based Nordstrom announced plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at Cascade Station in Portland, Oregon. The approximately 28,000-square-foot store is scheduled to open in fall 2017. Cascade Station is located northeast of downtown Portland, near Portland International Airport. Get free access to your research report on JWN at:

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