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Editor's notes: Core strengths and attractive opportunities remain for Children's Place. The company is optimizing its operations, which is likely to drive shareholder value.

Although shares of Children's Place (PLCE) have risen over 24% so far in 2013, the company's share performance has lagged behind the S&P's more than 26% rise in 2013, and far behind the retail sector's (XRT) rise of almost 42% year-to-date. While it is true that the company's 2013 operational performance (much more on this later) has not earned the company a place among the retail sector's leaders, Children's Place's financial results are far from the worst in the retail sector, and the company has shown meaningful cost discipline in an uncertain landscape. Children's Place reported its Q3 results on November 26, and although share rose by 5% on the back of the...

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