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5 Apparel Clothing Stocks with Strong EPS Growth and Performance in 2013

The bull market of 2013 has lifted a number of stocks and industries to new highs. Apparel clothing firms have been no exception, with 14 U.S. companies of all sizes, from American Apparel (APP)
Michael Teague is a staff writer for Equities.com. His previous experience includes three years as the associate editor of Los Angeles-based Al Jadid Magazine, a bi-annual review of the arts & culture of the Middle East, where he contributed many articles on the region in the form of features and book & film reviews. His educational background includes a BA in French literature from the University of California, Irvine, where he developed a startling proclivity for anything having to do with the 19th century.
Michael Teague is a staff writer for Equities.com. His previous experience includes three years as the associate editor of Los Angeles-based Al Jadid Magazine, a bi-annual review of the arts & culture of the Middle East, where he contributed many articles on the region in the form of features and book & film reviews. His educational background includes a BA in French literature from the University of California, Irvine, where he developed a startling proclivity for anything having to do with the 19th century.

The bull market of 2013 has lifted a number of stocks and industries to new highs. Apparel clothing firms have been no exception, with 14 U.S. companies of all sizes, from American Apparel (APP) to Ralph Lauren (RL), up over 20 percent on the year so far. Put differently, only two out of 21 listed American companies, Perry Ellis International (PERY) and Maidenform Brands (MFB), have lost share price in 2013.

The following stocks represent U.S. apparel clothing companies with positive performance in 2013, and high earnings-per-share growth slated for the rest of the year. Furthermore, all of these stocks have an analyst rating of “buy” or better.

Joe’s Jeans Inc. (JOEZ) – Joe’s Jeans has a market cap of $116.26 million, with shares currently priced at $1.71. The Los Angeles-based maker of hip, urbane clothing operates outlets and boutiques in California, New York, Chicago, Georgia, Virginia, and throughout the U.S. With shares up 71 percent so far this year, the company earnings per share, currently $0.08, is expected to grow over 490 percent in 2013.

Quicksilver Inc. (ZQK) – Founded in 1969 as a maker of surf apparel, Quicksilver now owns popular beach and skate-oriented brands such as Roxy, DC Shoes, and Tony Hawk Apparel Systems. The company’s market cap is $1.3 billion, with shares trading at $7.76, up nearly 83 percent in 2013. Quicksilver is currently losing $0.12 per share, but expects EPS to grow 50 percent for the year.

Carter’s Inc. (CRI) – The well-known manufacturer of baby clothing and accessories operates its namesake brand as well as classics like OshKosh B’gosh. With a market cap of $4.16 billion, shares are currently trading for $70.20, a 26 percent advance in 2013. Earnings-per-share of $2.85 is expected to increase nearly 39 percent over the rest of the year.

Under Armour Inc. (UA) – A designer of high-performance sports gear, Under Armour has a market cap of $6.57 billion with shares trading at $62.54, up nearly 29 percent so far in 2013. The company’s earnings per share of $1.14 is forecast to increase 31.6 percent.

PVH Corp. (PVH) – PVH owns highly successful higher-end brands such as Calvin Klein, IZOD, and Tommy Hilfiger. The company’s market cap is $9.38 billion, with shares currently trading at $115.75, up 4.33 percent so far this year. A generous earnings per share figure of $5.87 is set to increase more than 55 percent over the remainder of 2013.