Analysts: Time to step back into Genesco

Two of the analysts following Genesco say investors should think about buying shares of the shoe and hat retailer, which have slid 15 percent (Ticker: GCO) in the past three months. But they are saying so primarily for different reasons. Sam Poser at Sterne Agee says the company, which reports its third-quarter profits on Friday, should see same-store sales rise more than 4 percent. Mark Montagna at Avondale Partners, on the other hand, says the stock has been excessively beaten down and that Genesco's discount to its footwear and teen apparel peers is now too big to be ignored. "In both cases," Montagna writes, "its valuation is nearly two standard deviations below its two year average discount to both peer groups."