Shares of young adult apparel retailer American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO) fell 15.6% in the morning session after the company reported third quarter results and provided operating income guidance for the full year that fell short of expectations. On the other hand, it beat analysts' revenue and EPS estimates this quarter, driven by better-than-expected same-store store sales growth at both American Eagle and Aerie. The stock is down, suggesting expectations for the year ahead were high heading into the quarter and the earnings beat was already priced into the stock.
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What is the market telling us:
American Eagle's shares are somewhat volatile and over the last year have had 16 moves greater than 5%. But moves this big are very rare even for American Eagle and that is indicating to us that this news had a significant impact on the market's perception of the business.
American Eagle is up 15.5% since the beginning of the year, but at $16.69 per share it is still trading 15.5% below its 52-week high of $19.75 from November 2023. Investors who bought $1,000 worth of American Eagle's shares 5 years ago would now be looking at an investment worth $865.47.
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