5 Stocks Pushing The Retail Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 9 points (-0.1%) at 12,786 as of Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,471 issues advancing vs. 1,424 declining with 128 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.0%. Top gainers within the industry include DSW ( DSW), up 8.3%, and Whirlpool Corporation ( WHR), up 2.9%.

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

5. Whole Foods Market ( WFM) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry higher today. As of noon trading, Whole Foods Market is up $1.03 (1.1%) to $92.44 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $90.91-$92.52 after having opened the day at $91.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $91.41.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. engages in the ownership and operation of natural and organic food supermarkets. The company offers produce, seafood, grocery, meat and poultry, bakery, prepared foods and catering, coffee and tea, nutritional supplements, and vitamins. Whole Foods Market has a market cap of $16.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Whole Foods Market a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whole Foods Market as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Whole Foods Market Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, Gap ( GPS) is up $0.54 (1.6%) to $34.96 on light volume Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Gap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.37-$35.09 after having opened the day at $34.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.43.

The Gap, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer. The company offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, children, and babies under the Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime, and Athleta brand names. Gap has a market cap of $16.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 81.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Gap a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gap as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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 Gap Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is up $0.84 (2.5%) to $34.80 on average volume Thus far, 5.4 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.93-$34.84 after having opened the day at $33.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.96.

Lowe's Companies, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a home improvement retailer. It offers a range of products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, and home decorating. Lowe's Companies has a market cap of $36.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 26.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Lowe's Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lowe's Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Lowe's Companies Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, eBay ( EBAY) is up $0.32 (0.7%) to $48.24 on light volume Thus far, 2.6 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.85-$48.44 after having opened the day at $48.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.92.

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 $61.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 55.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full eBay Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is up $2.06 (0.9%) to $231.76 on light volume Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $229.50-$233.30 after having opened the day at $230.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $229.71.

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. It operates retail Websites, such as amazon.com and amazon.ca. The company serves consumers through its retail Websites and focuses on selection, price, and convenience. Amazon.com has a market cap of $102.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 2815.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 23 analysts that rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Amazon.com 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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