4 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Retail Industry

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 30 points (-0.2%) at 15,089 as of Monday, May 13, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,245 issues advancing vs. 1,704 declining with 112 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. Walgreen Company ( WAG) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry higher today. As of noon trading, Walgreen Company is up $0.36 (0.75) to $49.08 on light volume Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Walgreen Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.40-$49.25 after having opened the day at $48.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.72.

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 $45.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Walgreen Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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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3. As of noon trading, CVS Caremark ( CVS) is up $0.63 (1.09) to $58.66 on average volume Thus far, 3.2 million shares of CVS Caremark exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.85-$58.89 after having opened the day at $57.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.03.

CVS Caremark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated pharmacy health care services in the United States. CVS Caremark has a market cap of $70.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full CVS Caremark Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Home Depot ( HD) is up $0.74 (0.97) to $76.75 on light volume Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.95-$76.85 after having opened the day at $76.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.01.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $112.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Home Depot a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot 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 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 Home Depot Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is up $1.60 (0.61) to $265.23 on light volume Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $262.00-$265.88 after having opened the day at $262.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $263.63.

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $118.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 3.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 21 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Amazon.com Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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