2 Luxury Retail Stocks Heating Up Before Earnings

Polo Ralph Lauren Corp (NYSE:RL) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, November 9, 2011. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $2.24 per share, a rise of 7.2% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from $2.22. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It has risen during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $6.84 per share, a rise of 18.5% from last year.

The company topped forecasts last quarter after being in line with estimates the quarter prior. In the first quarter, it reported net income of $1.90 per share versus a mean estimate of $1.45. Two quarters ago, it reported profit of 76 cents per share. On average, analysts predict $1.84 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 20.3% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $6.75 billion for the year, a rise of 19.3% from last year’s revenue of $5.66 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Liz Claiborne, Inc. (NYSE:LIZ), The Warnaco Group, Inc. (NYSE:WRC), Maidenform Brands, Inc. (NYSE:MFB), Jones Apparel Group, Inc. (NYSE:JNY), Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN), Guess?, Inc. (NYSE:GES), Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH),  Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. (NYSE:PVH), V.F. Corporation (NYSE:VFC). Frederick’s of Hollywood Group Inc. (AMEX:FOH), Vera Bradley, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRA), Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF), Fossil, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOSL), Piquadro S.p.A. (NYSE:PQ), Wet Seal (NASDAQ:WTSLA), Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF), Gap (NYSE:GPS), Express (NYSE:EXPR), Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ:URBN) and Limited Brands (NYSE:LTD)

Maidenform Brands, Inc. (NYSE:MFB) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, November 9, 2011. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 57 cents per share, a rise of 3.6% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 15.5% versus last year to $2.24.

Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 4 cents, coming in at profit of 67 cents a share versus the estimate of net income of 63 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates. Analysts are projecting a rise of 11.1% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $161.9 million

Competitors to Watch: Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI), Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. (NYSE:RL), Liz Claiborne (NYSE:LIZ), Jones Apparel Group (NYSE:JNY), Guess? (NYSE:GES), Coach (NYSE:COH), V.F. Corporation (NYSE:VFC), J. Crew Group (NYSE:JCG), Wet Seal (NASDAQ:WTSLA), Express (NYSE:EXPR), Limited Brands (NYSE:LTD), bebe stores inc (NASDAQ:BEBE), Gap (NYSE:GPS), Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ:URBN), Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF), The Buckle (NYSE:BKE), American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO), Aeropostale (NYSE:ARO), Wacoal Hldgs. Corp. (NASDAQ:WACLY), The Warnaco Group, Inc. (NYSE:WRC), and Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. (NYSE:PVH).