Background: American Eagle Outfitters is a specialty retailer of all-American casual apparel, accessories, and footwear for men and women between the ages of 16 and 34. American Eagle Outfitters trades an average of 4.6 million shares per day with a marketcap of $4.1 billion.
52-Week Range: $10 to $21.53Strong second-quarter earnings growth is expected by Wall Street before the market opens on Aug. 22. The consensus mean is 21 cents a share, a gain of 11 cents (52.4%) from 10 cents during the corresponding quarter last year. Over half the analysts covering American Eagle rate it as a buy or strong buy. The average analyst target price for AEO is somewhat aggressive at $24.08. The mean fiscal year estimate price-to-earnings ratio is 15.7, based on earnings of $1.32 per share this year. The company currently pays 44 cents per share in dividends for a yield of 2.11%. Over the last five years, the dividend has grown by an average of 9.9% per year. Shares are slowly but steadily climbing in the last 30 days. Shares are now 1.7% higher than last month and trading near the 52-week highs. Currently, the short interest based on the float is small and not a big concern. Short interest is 3.9%.
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