5 Stocks Pushing The Retail Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 10 points (0.1%) at 14,085 as of Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 12:04 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,607 issues advancing vs. 1,243 declining with 160 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was Limited Brands ( LTD), up 3.5%.

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

5. TJX Companies ( TJX) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry higher today. As of noon trading, TJX Companies is up $0.26 (0.6%) to $45.01 on average volume Thus far, 1.9 million shares of TJX Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.82-$45.23 after having opened the day at $44.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.75.

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 $31.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, 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.

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4. As of noon trading, Macy's ( M) is up $0.52 (1.3%) to $41.10 on average volume Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Macy's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.27-$41.20 after having opened the day at $40.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.58.

Macy's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates stores and Internet Websites in the United States. Its retail stores and Internet Web sites sell a range of merchandise, including apparel and accessories for men, women, and children; cosmetics; home furnishings; and other consumer goods. Macy's has a market cap of $15.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Macy's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macy's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. 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 Macy's Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST) is up $1.08 (1.1%) to $101.81 on light volume Thus far, 685,526 shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $100.79-$101.85 after having opened the day at $101.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $100.73.

Costco Wholesale Corporation engages in the operation of membership warehouses. The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. Costco Wholesale Corporation has a market cap of $43.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Costco Wholesale Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, CVS Caremark ( CVS) is up $0.39 (0.8%) to $51.55 on light volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of CVS Caremark exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.05-$51.63 after having opened the day at $51.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.16.

CVS Caremark Corporation provides pharmacy health care services in the United States. CVS Caremark has a market cap of $62.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate CVS Caremark a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CVS Caremark 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, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full CVS Caremark Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, eBay ( EBAY) is up $0.80 (1.5%) to $54.95 on average volume Thus far, 4.3 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.26-$55.13 after having opened the day at $54.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.15.

eBay Inc. provides online platforms, tools, and services to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $69.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay 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, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full eBay Ratings Report now.

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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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