Apparel maker Oxford Industries (OXM) is plunging after the company last night reported earnings per share and revenue for the third quarter of its fiscal 2012 that were below analysts' consensus estimates. Moreover, the company's fourth quarter earnings per share and revenue guidance were well below the consensus estimate. Oxford cited a disappointing performance by its Ben Sherman sportswear brand, delays of store openings in Hong Kong and Chicago, and Hurricane Sandy as factors that dragged down its guidance. In a note to investors earlier today, however, Brean Capital analyst Eric Beder recommended buying the stock on weakness. Oxford remains poised to beat expectations, as the company's Tommy Bahama and Lilly Pulitzer brands are well-positioned to generate double digit revenue growth during the company's fiscal 2014, Beder believes. Moreover, Oxford has a good opportunity to stabilize Ben Sherman during fiscal 2014 added the analyst, who reiterated his $60 price target on the stock. In mid-morning trading, Oxford dropped $6.71, or 12.71%, to $46.07. Other apparel makers also retreated significantly, with PVH Corp (PVH) losing 2.38% to $11.02, V.F. Corporation (VFC) giving back 1.56% to $153.75, and Lululemon (LULU) sliding 3.19% to $68.39.
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