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Robbie Stephens Keeps 'Buy' on American Eagle


Robertson Stephens reiterates buy on American Eagle Outfitters (AEOS).

Analyst Janet Joseph Kloppenburg says October same store sales now are expected to increase 4%-5%, above the prior flat-to-+2% guidance. She says with leading comparison sales and EPS results throughout the second half of 2002, she expects price-to-earnings multiple to expand to the 16 times to 17 times range, in line with the historical average valuation. Kloppenburg remains confident in American Eagle's ability to achieve her current $1.54 fiscal 2002 (Jan.) EPS estimate, and to at least achieve (if not exceed) her current $1.80 fiscal 2003 EPS estimate as consumer spending and mall traffic return to more normalized levels.


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