The Buckle

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Casual apparel retailer The Buckle ( BKE) operates 420 stores in 41 states, as well as an e-commerce presence at its eponymous site. Because this firm primarily targets the younger demographic, sales are largely dependent on buyers' abilities to target new apparel trends earlier than the competition -- a factor that ramps up the risk/reward proposition for Buckle.

Historically, the firm has enjoyed enviable pricing power, resulting in deep margins despite the fact that BKE is a pure retailer. That's an advantage that investors shouldn't discount going into the holiday season.

The Buckle's short interest ratio currently weighs in at 11.4.

To see this week's short squeezes in action, check out the Apparel Short Squeezes portfolio on Stockpickr.

-- Written by Jonas Elmerraji in Baltimore.

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Jonas Elmerraji is the editor and portfolio manager of the Rhino Stock Report, a free investment advisory that returned 15% in 2008. He is a contributor to numerous financial outlets, including Forbes and Investopedia, and has been featured in Investor's Business Daily, in Consumer's Digest and on MSNBC.com.

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