New York & Company, Inc. (NYSE: NWY) and The Talbots (NYSE:TLB) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and risk.


This table compares New York & Company, Inc. and The Talbots’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
New York & Company, Inc. -0.99% -2.96% -0.76%
The Talbots N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for New York & Company, Inc. and The Talbots, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
New York & Company, Inc. 0 0 0 0 N/A
The Talbots 0 0 0 0 N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares New York & Company, Inc. and The Talbots’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
New York & Company, Inc. $929.08 million 0.19 -$17.29 million ($0.14) -19.86
The Talbots N/A N/A N/A ($1.61) N/A

The Talbots has lower revenue, but higher earnings than New York & Company, Inc.. New York & Company, Inc. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than The Talbots, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

71.7% of New York & Company, Inc. shares are held by institutional investors. 54.3% of New York & Company, Inc. shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

New York & Company, Inc. Company Profile

New York & Company, Inc. is a specialty retailer of women’s fashion apparel and accessories. The Company’s branded New York & Company merchandise is sold through its national network of retail stores and online at It operates approximately 490 stores, including over 80 outlet stores in over 40 states. It offers brands, including NY&C, City Style, NY Style, Soho Jeans, Lerner and Lerner New York. It offers a merchandise assortment consisting of wear-to-work, casual apparel and accessories, including pants, dresses, jackets, knit tops, blouses, sweaters, denim, t-shirts, activewear, handbags, jewelry and shoes. Its stores are located in shopping malls, lifestyle centers, outlet centers, and off-mall locations, including urban street locations. The outlet stores offer a merchandise mix consisting of apparel and accessories.

The Talbots Company Profile

The Talbots Inc. is a United States-based company, which operates as a retailer and direct marketer of women’s clothing, shoes and accessories. The Company offers blazer, trench, white shirt, ballet flat and pearls. It sells its products through different outlets. It also provides e-commerce service and its website offers MyTalbots, which allows customers to register for benefits and customize their online shopping experience; Style by Design appointment shopping; Pearls of Wisdom, offering fashion advice and styling ideas; and a Find in Store feature, which enables customers to locate and reserve merchandise in any Talbots store.

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