Aeropostale Inc. not a buy even at these low prices

Jul 14th, 2014 – Comment

There is very little in the charts that would be a good time to risk capital on these shares.

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On Friday July 11, 2014 Nate asked for an analysis of Aeropostale Inc. (ARO NYSE) in addition to his request for an examination of CYS Investments Inc. (CYS NYSE). I have to assume that Nate is bottom fishing the shares of ARO which can prove to be interesting cases worth examining.

An investigation of the charts will help identify if ARO is in a position to reverse the downtrend.



The three- year chart tells the tale of a wounded beast that is under tremendous pressure. The teen market of 14-17 year old young women and men that the company has served since 1973 has migrated to other retailers offering different styles that better appeal to the ever changing tastes of these consumers. The research conducted indicates that management isn’t moving fast enough in response to declining sales which has some major shareholders turning up the heat for a resolution.

The dominant patters on the chart are an established downtrend line and a series of lower highs and lower lows. When the shares failed to hold support near $13.00 in 2013 it set the stage for an aggressive retreat to just over $3.00 by mid 2014.







The six-month chart highlights the resistance that has formed along the 50-day moving average. The RSI signalled weakness in February which was confirmed by the MACD in March as the stock gapped down below $6.00. There is very little in the charts that suggest that this would be a good time to risk capital on these shares.

The next flex point for ARO will come on the release of Q2 2014 results. The evidence at hand doesn’t suggest that a reversal of the downtrend is immanent. I would advise caution in approaching these shares given the established downtrend that goes back to 2011 and the resistance along the 50-day moving average over the last six-months. Just as a further note the all time low of $1.67 was established in 2002. Even from these levels it represents a significant haircut.

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