2 Trendy Retail Stocks Attract Traders Ahead of Earnings

Zumiez, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZUMZ) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, December 1, 2011. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 41 cents per share, a rise of 2.5% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 44 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 41 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 22.7% versus last year to $1.08.

The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 3 cents, reporting net income of 8 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 5 cents per share. On average, analysts predict $153.1 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 12.7% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $544.8 million for the year, a rise of 13.8% from last year’s revenue of $478.9 million.

Competitors to Watch: Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. (NASDAQ:PSUN), Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE:ARO), American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO), Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF), Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ:URBN), The Buckle, Inc. (NYSE:BKE), The Wet Seal, Inc. (NASDAQ:WTSLA), Hot Topic, Inc. (NASDAQ:HOTT), Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc. (NASDAQ:JOSB), and The Men’s Wearhouse, Inc. (NYSE:MW).

Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTA) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, December 1, 2011. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 38 cents per share, a rise of 65.2% 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 34 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at 38 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $1.74 per share, a rise of 50% from last year.

Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 6 cents, coming in at profit of 38 cents a share versus the estimate of net income of 32 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates. Analysts are projecting a rise of 19.7% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $406.1 million.

Competitors to Watch: Sally Beauty Hldgs., Inc. (NYSE:SBH), Perfumania Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PERF), Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE:AVP), Alberto-Culver Company (NYSE:ACV), Revlon, Inc. (NYSE:REV), Elizabeth Arden, Inc. (NASDAQ:RDEN), Inter Parfums, Inc. (NASDAQ:IPAR), Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:NUS), The Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG), Parlux Fragrances, Inc. (NASDAQ:PARL), Physicians Formula Hldgs., Inc. (NASDAQ:FACE), Estee Lauder (NYSE:EL) and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ).