Today's Top Performers In Retail

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 53 points (0.4%) at 14,950 as of Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,495 issues advancing vs. 481 declining with 77 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.7%. Top gainers within the industry include Lowe's Companies ( LOW), up 2.5%, and Amazon.com ( AMZN), up 1.5%.

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

3. Whole Foods Market ( WFM) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry higher today. As of noon trading, Whole Foods Market is up $0.78 (1.5%) to $52.98 on light volume. Thus far, 910,426 shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.24-$53.12 after having opened the day at $52.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.20.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. owns and operates a chain of natural and organic foods supermarkets. The company offers produce, grocery, meat and poultry, seafood, bakery, prepared foods and catering, coffee and tea, nutritional supplements, and vitamins. Whole Foods Market has a market cap of $19.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 15.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Whole Foods Market a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whole Foods Market as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. 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 Whole Foods Market Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, GameStop ( GME) is up $5.29 (11.1%) to $52.91 on heavy volume. Thus far, 8.0 million shares of GameStop exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.34-$56.08 after having opened the day at $53.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.62.

GameStop Corp. operates as a video game retailer. GameStop has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 89.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate GameStop a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, CVS Caremark ( CVS) is up $0.35 (0.6%) to $58.44 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of CVS Caremark exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.20-$58.66 after having opened the day at $58.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.09.

CVS Caremark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated pharmacy health care services in the United States. CVS Caremark has a market cap of $72.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 20.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate CVS Caremark a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income 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 CVS Caremark 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).

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