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NEW YORK (
TheStreet) -- Shares of the following retail stocks hit 52-week highs on Monday:
TJX(TJX - Get Report) and
Both stocks received buy ratings from
The home fashions retailer reported last week fourth-quarter earnings of $475.3 million, or 62 cents a share, up from year-ago earnings of $334.4 million, or 42 cents.
"TJX noted that significant traffic opportunities still exist even in the U.S. where only 25% of adults have shopped at TJ Maxx or Marshalls in the past year, as where the number is much higher for department stores," Wells Fargo analysts wrote in a Feb. 23 report. "By division, we are modeling comps up 3% for Marmaxx (guidance for up 1-2%), up 2% at HomeGoods (guidance up 1-2%), up 3% at TJX Canada (guidance up 2-3%), and up 5% at TJX Europe (guidance up 4-5%). For Q1 2012, we are modeling comps up 4%, also in line with guidance for up 2-4%."
Shares of TJX hit a 52-week high Monday of $36.75. The stock's 52-week low of $24.13 was set on March 18.
TJX has an estimated price-to-earnings ratio for next year of 14.26; the average for apparel retailers is 16.52. For comparison,
Kohl's(KSS) has a lower forward P/E of 9.21;
Ross Stores'(ROST) forward P/E is 16.25.
Twenty of the 31 analysts who cover TJX rated it buy; 11 analysts gave it a hold rating.
TheStreet Ratings gives TJX an A+ grade with a buy rating and a
$47.16 price target. The stock has risen 13.75% year to date.