New Lifetime High Reached: Ann (ANN)

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Ann ( ANN) as a new lifetime high candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Ann as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • ANN has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $40.5 million.
  • ANN has traded 3,203 shares today.
  • ANN is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on ANN:

ANN INC., through its subsidiaries, engages in the retailing of women's apparel, shoes, and accessories under the Ann Taylor and LOFT brands. ANN has a PE ratio of 29. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Ann a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Ann has been 1.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Ann has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. The stock has a beta of 0.77 and a short float of 4.4% with 2.37 days to cover. Shares are up 32.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Ann as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Specialty Retail industry. The net income increased by 161.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $5.18 million to $13.55 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period. Although other factors naturally played a role, the company's strong earnings growth was key. We feel that the combination of its price rise over the last year and its current price-to-earnings ratio relative to its industry tend to reduce its upside potential.
  • The gross profit margin for ANN INC is rather high; currently it is at 56.89%. Regardless of ANN's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 2.26% trails the industry average.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Specialty Retail industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, ANN INC has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.

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