Sterne Agee maintains Buy rating on Shoe Carnival after top line miss

|About: Shoe Carnival, Inc. (SCVL)|By:, SA News Editor

A $2.76M top-line miss isn't enough to turn Sterne Agee's Sam Poser against shares of Shoe Carnival (SCVL) which, you might recall, Poser has been positive on for a while now.

"While we were disappointed with top-line results, margins and expenses were managed well," Poser thinks, adding that same-store sales for the current quarter are "running up 1%, but accelerating."

Buy rating reiterated, price target is $30.

Poser cuts FY13 and FY14 EPS estimates to $1.52 (from $1.57) and $1.89 (from $1.93) respectively, but says that if "the late Q3 and Q4 weather is not as warm as in the past two years, and a 75 store test of better women's product is successful," these estimates could "prove conservative."

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