Why Express (EXPR) Is Tumbling Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Express (EXPR) was tumbling 11.8% to $16.09 following fourth quarter results that missed analysts expectations and a poor first quarter and full-year guidance.

For the fiscal fourth quarter the clothing retailer posted earnings of 57 cents a share, missing the Capital IQ Consensus Estimate of 59 cents a share by 2 cents. Revenue fell 2.2% from the year-ago period to $715.8 million, compared to analysts' expectations of $721.5 million.

Looking to the fiscal first quarter Express announced it expects earnings of between 12 cents a share and 18 cents a share. Analysts expect earnings of 42 cents a share for the quarter.

For the full-year fiscal 2014 Express expects earnings of between $1.03 and $1.23 a share, compared to analysts' estimates of $1.59 a share.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates EXPRESS INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate EXPRESS INC (EXPR) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed ? some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and generally higher debt management risk."

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