What the heck happened here? Oh my, these guys blow up in style! This may be the greatest fiasco since
. Management's credibility is nil.
Too bad, I like its clothing.
This morning, the Street is collectively downgrading this highflying merchant, taking it apart for everything from gift-certificate booking to a failure to signal a slowdown in comp sales.
Talk about a stock that telegraphed the problems. I recall
battling Abercrombie & Fitch from the long side on this site a few months ago. I couldn't understand what was happening. It reported great numbers. It reported a bold comp outlook. It was all systems go. And all the stock did was go down.
The stock was signaling right. The management and most of the analysts were wrong.
It's enough to turn me into a technician.
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