3 Stocks Pushing The Retail Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 33 points (-0.2%) at 14,002 as of Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,057 issues advancing vs. 1,779 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. A company within the industry that fell today was Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), up 3.1%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Kohl's ( KSS) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry higher today. As of noon trading, Kohl's is up $0.70 (1.5%) to $47.18 on average volume Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Kohl's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.86-$48.24 after having opened the day at $46.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.48.

Kohl's Corporation operates department stores in the United States. Its stores offer private, exclusive, and national branded apparel, footwear, and accessories for women, men, and children; soft home products, such as sheets and pillows; and housewares targeted to middle-income customers. Kohl's has a market cap of $10.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Kohl's a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kohl's as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Kohl's Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Target ( TGT) is up $0.38 (0.6%) to $62.25 on light volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Target exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.62-$62.35 after having opened the day at $62.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.87.

Target Corporation operates general merchandise stores in the United States. Target has a market cap of $40.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. 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.

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1. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is up $0.50 (0.7%) to $69.26 on average volume Thus far, 3.9 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.30-$69.33 after having opened the day at $68.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.76.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. It operates retail stores, restaurants, discount stores, supermarkets, supercenters, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, apparel stores, Sam's Clubs, and neighborhood markets, as well as walmart.com; and samsclub.com. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $231.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Wal-Mart Stores Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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