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[video] Quick Take: Sycamore Shops for Aeropostale

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- While many investors have been hating the teen retail sector, one management team has found that there may be some value to unlock, said TheStreet's Laurie Kulikowski.

She told Brittany Umar that Sycamore Fund's Hummingbird LLC took an 8% stake in Aeropostale (ARO - Get Report). The firm clearly sees value in the retailer and Stifel Nicolaus came out with a note suggesting the company may try and go private at $10 per share.

Last week, August retail sales came in worse than expected and it now seems that holiday sales will rise by less than they did last year, she said.

Kulikowski noted that many retailers were cutting guidance for the back half of 2013 and she suspects the promotional environment is here to stay, so long as sales continue to struggle.

But not all retailers have been struggling. She concluded that consumers haven't been spending on apparel, but holiday shopping should be strong in electronics, particularly for a company like Apple (AAPL - Get Report).

-- Written by Bret Kenwell in Petoskey, Mich.

Bret Kenwell currently writes, blogs and also contributes to Robert Weinstein's Weekly Options Newsletter. Focuses on short-to-intermediate-term trading opportunities that can be exposed via options. He prefers to use debit trades on momentum setups and credit trades on support/resistance setups. He also focuses on building long-term wealth by searching for consistent, quality dividend paying companies and long-term growth companies. He considers himself the surfer, not the wave, in relation to the market and himself. He has no allegiance to either the bull side or the bear side.

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