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A few months later I asked her what she wanted for the holidays. Simple, she said, she wanted a gigantic gift certificate to Madewell because the stuff was so cool and everyone was wearing it. When I reminded her what she had said not that long ago about Madewell, she looked at me like I was from Mars and told me I had no idea what I was talking about.
And you wonder why Mickey Drexler took the company private. Abercrombie & Fitch and Aeropostale are still publicly traded. It's just that they shouldn't be publicly traded by you. Some businesses are simply unknowable. Others are consistent and can be bought on any weakness.
Suffice it to say I have no idea whether the weakness for ANF and ARO is going to continue or if this is the opportunity you have been looking for. The problem is, neither does management. So you can't fathom them either. Don't even bother to try.
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Bad -- But Not That Bad
Posted at 10:48 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Aug. 1
Disappointing -- but not as disappointing as we thought. That's the prevailing theme behind some of the moves we've seen lately -- and the moves, acerbated by the thin nature of the market, can take your breath away.
Take the miss by Allergan(AGN) . As soon as the report came out, the services that comment on earnings vs. expectations put out bulletins saying it was worse than expected. But the more important takeaway was that, although it was worse than expected, it wasn't much worse than expected, so the stock actually rallied on the news.
Same deal with Electronic Arts(EA) . The quarter looked terrible. We learned for certain that the key Star Wars launch was a bust. But it wasn't so much of a bust that it caused people to avert their eyes and sell. The announced buyback cushioned the disappointment, which wasn't that disappointing. So, we got a rally.
We saw this yesterday with Cummins(CMI) , too. It was certainly worse than expected with a dramatic slowdown in North American orders, but it wasn't dramatic enough to knock the stock down further, therefore it rallied.