5 Stocks Pushing The Retail Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 10 points (-0.1%) at 13,082 as of Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, 1:34 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,351 issues advancing vs. 1,574 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the industry that increased today was Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), up 2.3%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. Ross Stores ( ROST) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry higher today. As of noon trading, Ross Stores is up $0.87 (1.5%) to $57.74 on light volume Thus far, 986,179 shares of Ross Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.69-$57.77 after having opened the day at $57.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.87.

Ross Stores, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates off-price retail apparel and home fashion stores under the Ross Dress for Less and dd's DISCOUNTS brand names in the United States. Ross Stores has a market cap of $12.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Ross Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ross Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Ross Stores Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST) is up $1.11 (1.1%) to $97.23 on light volume Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $95.45-$97.47 after having opened the day at $95.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.12.

Costco Wholesale Corporation operates membership warehouses that offer a selection of branded and private label products in a range of merchandise categories in no-frills, self-service warehouse facilities. Costco Wholesale Corporation has a market cap of $42.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Costco Wholesale Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Costco Wholesale Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Costco Wholesale Corporation Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, TJX Companies ( TJX) is up $0.54 (1.3%) to $42.06 on light volume Thus far, 2.2 million shares of TJX Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.25-$42.14 after having opened the day at $41.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.52.

The TJX Companies, Inc. operates as an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and internationally. TJX Companies has a market cap of $31.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate TJX Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TJX Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full TJX Companies Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Target ( TGT) is up $0.62 (1.0%) to $63.33 on light volume Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Target exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.08-$63.61 after having opened the day at $63.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.71.

Target Corporation operates general merchandise stores in the United States. Target has a market cap of $41.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Target a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Target as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Target Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, eBay ( EBAY) is up $0.04 (0.1%) to $48.73 on light volume Thus far, 2.9 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.40-$49.25 after having opened the day at $48.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.69.

eBay Inc. provides online platforms, services, and tools to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $63.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 62.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 20 analysts that rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full eBay Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the retail industry could consider SPDR S&P Retail ETF ( XRT) while those bearish on the retail industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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