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Coldwater Creek compared on Motley Fool by a skeptical analyst

We expect things have to get better for Sandpoint clothing retailer Coldwater Creek. Its latest earnings showed a quarterly loss of nearly three times the amount it lost one year earlier. 

Then along comes an analysis appearing Thursday on The Motley Fool website, by analyst Anand Chokkavelu. His headline: "Is Coldwater Creek's Stock Cheap or Expensive By The Numbers?"

Readers get plenty of numbers, including a few charts by which Coldwater Creek is measured against competitors Nordstrom, Talbots and Chico's FAS.  

Considering that Mr. Chokkavelu's job is stock picking, you'd expect him to give an answer to that question. And yes, he gets around finally to deciding the stock is not a good buy right now:

He concludes: "Add in no dividend and there isn't much to love about Coldwater Creek's initial numbers.

"I'm not impressed, but if you find Coldwater Creek's numbers or story compelling, don't stop. Continue your due diligence process until you're confident one way or the other."
 
The chart here is a summary of analysts' projections of the four firms' five-year growth expectations. We're copying it from the Motley Fool page and trust that Chokkavelu got his data straight. 
 
Addendum: Stock trading for CWTR was pretty brisk Friday; can anyone offer a reason for that big spike in trading?
 

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