Shares of 2 Retailers in Demand Among Traders Before Earnings

The Talbots, Inc. (NYSE:TLB) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, December 1, 2011. The average estimate of analysts is for a loss of 15 cents per share, a swing from profit of 27 cents in the year earlier quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 2 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has risen from a loss of 16 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net loss of 80 cents per share, a swing from net income of 61 cents last year.

The company missed estimates last quarter after beating forecasts in the prior two. In the second quarter, the company reported a loss of 51 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net loss of 44 cents per share. In the first quarter, the company beat estimates by 5 cents. Analysts are projecting a decline of 9.2% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $271.5 million.

Competitors to Watch: Coldwater Creek Inc. (NASDAQ:CWTR), Christopher & Banks Corp. (NYSE:CBK), New York & Company, Inc. (NYSE:NWY), Ann Inc (NYSE:ANN), Ascena Retail Group Inc (NASDAQ:ASNA), Charming Shoppes, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHRS), Limited Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LTD), Chico’s FAS, Inc. (NYSE:CHS), The Cato Corporation (NYSE:CATO), and Destination Maternity Corp. (NASDAQ:DEST).

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc. (NASDAQ:JOSB) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, December 1, 2011. The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 51 cents per share, a rise of 13.3% 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 50 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at 51 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $3.48 per share, a rise of 13% from last year.

Last quarter, the company came in at profit of 74 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 68 cents per share, beating estimates after missing them in the previous quarter. In the first quarter, it missed forecasts by 2 cents. On average, analysts predict $196 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 13.1% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $970.2 million for the year, a rise of 13.1% from last year’s revenue of $858.1 million.

Competitors to Watch: The Men’s Wearhouse, Inc. (NYSE:MW), Casual Male Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CMRG), Zumiez Inc. (NASDAQ:ZUMZ), Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. (NASDAQ:PSUN), Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE:ARO), Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN), JC Penney (NYSE:JCP), The Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS) and Express, Inc. (NYSE:EXPR).

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