Wells Fargo Century Inc., the largest bank-owned factoring company in the U.S., added to its ranks in response to meeting the demands of a growing business. In New York, Peter Pugliese has come over from GMAC Commercial Finance to bring his experience as a business development officer, while Thomas Dowling joined the firm from GE Commercial Credit as a senior account executive. Meanwhile, Wells Fargo’s Los Angeles office has brought on board Jason Carmona, formerly of Capital Factors, as a member of the client management group, and Robert Noto, most recently at HSBC Business Credit, as a customer credit specialist. On the specialty retail front, after reporting an 87.7 percent vault in first-quarter earnings last week, Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. raised its full-year guidance to $1.31 a share from the consensus estimate of $1.26. However, as much as he’d like to, A.G Edwards & Sons analyst Robert Buchanan couldn’t bring himself to upgrade the stock from “hold.” “We love these guys,” wrote Buchanan in a note, “but still can’t get past anticipated earnings-per-share growth deceleration. As big a fan as we are of Pacific Sunwear, it’s our experience that specialty apparel growth stocks tend to act best ahead of accelerating EPS growth.” But Buchanan held no such reservations for Aeropostale Inc. After increasing his EPS estimate 12 times over the past six months, Buchanan raised his 12- to 18-month price objective to $42 from $34. Luxury looks good. Smith Barney analyst Deborah Weinswig was suitably impressed with Neiman Marcus Group Inc.’s presentation at a company-sponsored small- and midcap conference in Las Vegas last week. Weinswig said chief financial officer Jim Skinner’s mantra of “a good real estate deal is not grounds enough for expansion” persuaded her that Neiman is “wisely committed to its prudent real estate strategy, which is designed to grow square footage only in key locations where store productivity can be maintained, improved or created to meet or exceed company averages.” When it comes to same-store sales, it’s always something. Going into April, analysts were fearful that the calendar shift of Easter back into March would cannibalize the cruelest month’s results. So what’s the bugaboo for May? More of the same: “While favorable weather should help, we note that a calendar shift in the Memorial Day weekend could negatively impact May results,” wrote SG Cowen analyst Lauren Cooks Levitan, even as the ink was still drying on the April numbers.