Why Aeropostale (ARO) Is Tanking on Friday

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Aeropostale (ARO) is tanking on Friday after reporting a far wider net loss in its fourth quarter than analysts had expected. 

By midmorning, shares had taken off 14.9% to $6.21. 

Trading volume of 13 million was more than four times its three-month daily average. 

On an unadjusted basis, the teen apparel retailer recorded a net loss of 90 cents a share, nearly triple what analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had forecast. 

Excluding one-time legal and tax charges, Aeropostale reported a net loss of 35 cents a share, 4 cents wider than consensus. 

Sales dropped 16% compared to the year-ago quarter to $670 million, while comparable-store sales tumbled 15%. 

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TheStreet Ratings team rates AEROPOSTALE INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D. The team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate AEROPOSTALE INC (ARO) a SELL. This is driven by a few notable weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow."

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