NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- My major focus this week is on 18 buy-rated stocks in the retail-wholesale sector that report quarterly results.
On Monday, I profiled the front nine and today it's the back nine. I am calling an earnings beat a birdie, a match a par, and a miss a bogey. An under-par round of earnings from buy-rated retail stocks will be a key to sustaining the upward momentum to the overall stock market.
The stock market remains under a ValuEngine Valuation Warning which intensified this morning with 72.8% of all stocks overvalued, and with 34.5% of these overvalued by 20% or more.
Among the 16 sectors tracked by ValuEngine, 15 are overvalued, 14 by double-digit percentages. Six of these sectors are now overvalued by more than 20% led by the retail-wholesale sector by 23%. This sector of 360 stocks includes 224 or 62.2% with buy ratings, which continues my overweight rating for the sector.
Tomorrow I will profile the buy-rated names in the Dow industrial average, which set another all-time high at 13,391.84 on Monday. Today the number of buy-rated stocks declined to 15 after IBM (IBM - Get Report) ($207.60) was downgraded to hold from buy this morning. There are 13 hold-rated stocks in the Dow and two sell-rated names; Caterpillar (CAT - Get Report) ($88.33) and DuPont (DD - Get Report) ($55.93). Here are the profiles for the back nine of this week's retail earnings: Reading the Table