Retail Stocks On The Rise With Help From 3 Stocks

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 3 points (0.0%) at 14,544 as of Monday, April 22, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,423 issues advancing vs. 1,490 declining with 125 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 11.0%, and Amazon.com ( AMZN), up 1.2%. A company within the industry that fell today was Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT), up 0.56.

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

3. Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry higher today. As of noon trading, Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao is up $1.10 (2.00) to $56.07 on average volume Thus far, 314,521 shares of Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 598,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.21-$56.08 after having opened the day at $55.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.97.

Companhia Brasileira de Distribuic o engages in the retail of food and non-food products to individual consumers through its chain of hypermarkets, supermarkets, specialized and department stores, and the Internet. Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao has a market cap of $14.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 48.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance 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 Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST) is up $1.20 (1.15) to $105.65 on average volume Thus far, 996,688 shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $104.27-$105.74 after having opened the day at $104.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $104.45.

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 $45.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Costco Wholesale Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Walgreen Company ( WAG) is up $0.49 (0.99) to $49.84 on average volume Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Walgreen Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.08-$49.90 after having opened the day at $49.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.35.

Walgreen Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates a network of drugstores in the United States. It provides consumer goods and services, pharmacy, and health and wellness services through drugstores, as well as through mail, and by telephone and online. Walgreen Company has a market cap of $46.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 33.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walgreen Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Walgreen Company 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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