The Gap Inc. (GPS), Carter’s, Inc. (CRI): Children’s Place Retail Stores, Inc. (PLCE) Earnings: An Early Look

The Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS)Earnings season is just about over, with almost all companies already having reported their quarterly results. But there are still a few companies left to report, and Children’s Place Retail Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLCE) is about to release its quarterly earnings. The key to making smart investment decisions with stocks releasing their quarterly reports is to anticipate how they’ll do before they announce results, leaving you fully prepared to respond quickly to whatever inevitable surprises arise. That way, you’ll be less likely to make an uninformed knee-jerk reaction to news that turns out to be exactly the wrong move.

Children’s Place Retail Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLCE) apparel is one of the most important niches in the retail space, as the speed with which kids grow out of clothes can lead to frequent repeat-business among loyal customers. Children’s place has more than 1,100 stores tailored to try to build that loyalty among shoppers. Let’s take an early look at what’s been happening with Children’s Place over the past quarter and what we’re likely to see in its quarterly report on Tuesday.

Stats on Children’s Place

Analyst EPS Estimate $1.04
Change From Year-Ago EPS 20%
Revenue Estimate $496 million
Change From Year-Ago Revenue 8.4%
Earnings Beats in Past 4 Quarters 2

Source: Yahoo! Finance.

Will Children’s Place have a growth spurt this quarter?
Over the past few months, analysts have had mixed views on Children’s Place Retail Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLCE) Place’s earnings. They’ve held steady on their calls for the just-finished holiday quarter, but they’ve pulled back their earnings-per-share estimates for the full 2014 fiscal year by $0.06. The stock has barely budged, climbing just half a percent since mid-December.