"A mid-single digit operating margin over the next 2-3 years is reasonable," says Piper's...

|By:, SA News Editor

"A mid-single digit operating margin over the next 2-3 years is reasonable," says Piper's Stephanie Wissink of Wet Seal (WTSL +0.7%) in a cautious note. Although "sales stability, merchandise margin improvement, and cost leverage" should drive margin expansion, "the current environment" warrants trepidation regarding store growth expectations, she adds. Meanwhile, SA contributor Unbigoted Research says the stock could be "the turnaround story of 2013".