4 Retail Stocks Pushing Industry Growth

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 14 points (-0.1%) at 15,098 as of Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,393 issues advancing vs. 1,555 declining with 92 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the industry that increased today was Luxottica Group ( LUX), up 0.6%.

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

4. Kroger ( KR) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry higher today. As of noon trading, Kroger is up $0.23 (0.6%) to $38.24 on average volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Kroger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.97-$38.40 after having opened the day at $38.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.01.

The Kroger Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer in the United States. The company also manufactures and processes food for sale in its supermarkets. It operates retail food and drug stores, multi-department stores, jewelry stores, and convenience stores. Kroger has a market cap of $20.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 46.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Kroger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kroger 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, increase in net income, revenue growth 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 Kroger Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, TJX Companies ( TJX) is up $0.36 (0.7%) to $51.13 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of TJX Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.62-$51.28 after having opened the day at $50.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.77.

The TJX Companies, Inc. operates as an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Marmaxx, HomeGoods, TJX Canada, and TJX Europe. TJX Companies has a market cap of $37.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 19.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 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 increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full TJX Companies Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is up $0.26 (0.6%) to $44.11 on average volume. Thus far, 4.2 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.79-$44.64 after having opened the day at $43.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.85.

Lowe's Companies, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It offers products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, and home decorating. Lowe's Companies has a market cap of $48.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 23.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 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 growth in earnings per share, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Lowe's Companies Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Home Depot ( HD) is up $0.61 (0.8%) to $75.75 on average volume. Thus far, 4.6 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.93-$76.35 after having opened the day at $75.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.14.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $113.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 21.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Home Depot a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. 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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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).
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