Earnings trends are extremely important when evaluating stocks. At Wall St. Cheat Sheet, we view increasing earnings quarter-over-quarter as a simple way to gauge whether costs and the business model are stable. Then we like to analyze whether the company is outperforming peers in the sector. This is what we call the “E-Squared” investment analysis (‘E = Earnings Are Increasing Quarter-Over-Quarter’ + ‘E = Excellent Relative Performance Versus Peers and Sector’).
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Here’s your Cheat Sheet to how the top 5 apparel stocks rank via earnings trends:
Skechers USA Inc. (NYSE:SKX): Current Price $21.91
|Revenue ($) in millions||1,441||1,436||2,007||1,606||1,560|
|Diluted EPS ($)||1.19||1.16||2.78||-1.39||0.19|
We are concerned that revenue at Skechers has been tapering off after 2010, with EPS also obviously under pressure.
Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:
|Quarter||Dec. 31, 2011||Mar. 31, 2012||Jun. 30, 2012||Sep. 30, 2012||Dec. 31, 2012|
|Revenue ($) in millions||283.25||351.27||384.00||429.43||395.62|
|Diluted EPS ($)||-1.18||-0.07||-0.04||0.22||0.08|
Quarterly revenue and EPS grew nicely up to September 2012, but fell off sharply in the last quarter. We’ll look elsewhere for more promising candidates…