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Trading High End Retail

If you want to get into the high end retail trade, look no further than Nordstrom, Fast trader Patty Edwards said Tuesday.

“Not only are you getting the high end consumer, but then on top of that you are getting a U.S. only story,” she said. She thinks there is too much “contamination from Europe” in other upper income stocks like Tiffany and Coach.

Nordstrom got a boost Tuesday after Macquarie initiated coverage of the stock and gave it an ‘outperform’ rating.

Buy Nordstrom Before Earnings?

Liz Dunn, a senior analyst at Macquarie, told the Fast team the retailer is gaining share and has strong returns, as well as strong operation margins.

“So you get more bang for the buck in terms of earnings growth from that outperformance on the sales line,” Dunn said. “They also have a better growth profile than most of the other department stores.”

Dunn also gave an 'outperform' rating to Coach. She said the New York based-company is growing globally and not that big in Europe yet, so it doesn’t have that potential overhang. Coach is also buying back stock, which will benefit the bottom line, she added.

Another name on Dunn’s 'outperform' list is Abercrombie & Fitch . She expects to see earnings grow over 50 percent this year and something close to that growth for 2012.

“It’s a phenomenal story and they’re really doing quite well.”

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