Bed Bath & Beyond
Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY - Get Report) has had a major run in the last year, rallying more than 30% while other retailers got hammered by weak consumer sentiment. Now, with rising expectations among Wall Street analysts, this 1,000-store home furnishings store is primed to make a repeat performance in 2012.
Much of Bed Bath & Beyond's success can be attributed to its unique stores. The firm's flagship franchise is renowned for its merchandising prowess, and more nascent store chains like Buy Buy Baby and Christmas Tree Shops are following in its footsteps. BBBY should be a major beneficiary of increasing consumer spending in 2012 -- and the firm's international growth initiatives are likely to continue to heat up this year as well.From a financial standpoint, Bed Bath & Beyond is in stellar shape. The firm has historically used its own cash to build new stores, a strategy that avoided the super-expansionary downfall of many rivals during the recession and left the company with a spotless, debt-free balance sheet. With plenty of dry powder on hand, BBBY is in good shape to keep up with its strategy this year. Bed Bath & Beyond shows up on a list of 10 S&P 500 Stocks for 2012.