NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Shares of the following retail stocks hit 52-week highs on Monday: TJX ( TJX) and Limited Brands ( LTD). Both stocks received buy ratings from TheStreet Ratings.
TJX 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.