3 Trendy Retail Stocks on Trading Radars Before Earnings

 Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, November 16, 2011.  The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 73 cents per share, a rise of 30.4% 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 81 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from 77 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 50.7% versus last year to $3.09.

The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 6 cents, reporting profit of 35 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 29 cents per share.  On average, analysts predict $1.07 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 20.8% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $4.2 billion for the year, a rise of 21% from last year’s revenue of $3.47 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ:URBN), American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO), The Buckle, Inc. (NYSE:BKE), Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE:ARO), The Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS), Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. (NASDAQ:PSUN), dELiA*s, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLIA), Zumiez Inc. (NASDAQ:ZUMZ), The Wet Seal, Inc. (NASDAQ:WTSLA), and The Walking Co. Hldgs., Inc. (WALK).

Limited Brands Inc. (NYSE:LTD) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, November 14, 2011. The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 24 cents per share, a rise of 33.3% 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 22 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has risen from 23 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 21.8% versus last year to $2.51.

The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 2 cents, reporting profit of 48 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 46 cents per share. On average, analysts predict $2.16 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 9.1% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $10.46 billion for the year, a rise of 8.8% from last year’s revenue of $9.61 billion.

Competitors to Watch: New York & Company, Inc. (NYSE:NWY), Express, Inc. (NYSE:EXPR), The Wet Seal, Inc. (NASDAQ:WTSLA), Christopher & Banks Corp. (NYSE:CBK), Chico’s FAS, Inc. (NYSE:CHS), Ann Inc (NYSE:ANN), Coldwater Creek Inc. (NASDAQ:CWTR), Ascena Retail Group Inc (NASDAQ:ASNA), Charming Shoppes, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHRS), and The Talbots, Inc. (NYSE:TLB).

Hot Topic, Inc. (NASDAQ:HOTT) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, November 16, 2011. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 7 cents per share, a rise of 40% 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 8 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It has since dropped over the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of 17 cents per share, a swing from a loss of one cent last year.

For the past four quarters, the company has met expecations. Last quarter, the company reported net loss of 8 cents per share to fall in step with the mean estimate. On average, analysts predict $179.2 million in revenue this quarter, a decline of 2.2% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $698 million for the year, a decline of 1.5% from last year’s revenue of $708.2 million.

Competitors to Watch: Zumiez Inc. (NASDAQ:ZUMZ), Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ:URBN), Mecox Lane Limited ADR (NASDAQ:MCOX), Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), dELiA*s, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLIA), American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO), Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE:ARO), The Buckle, Inc. (NYSE:BKE), Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. (NASDAQ:PSUN), and The Wet Seal, Inc. (NASDAQ:WTSLA).