5 Retail Stocks Pushing The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 90 points (0.6%) at 15,153 as of Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,842 issues advancing vs. 1,092 declining with 95 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include eBay ( EBAY), up 1.1%, Home Depot ( HD), up 0.9%, CVS Caremark ( CVS), up 0.8% and Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT), up 0.6%. A company within the industry that fell today was Amazon.com ( AMZN), up 0.6%.

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

5. Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry higher today. As of noon trading, Sears Holdings Corporation is up $3.18 (6.0%) to $56.25 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Sears Holdings Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 879,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.90-$59.24 after having opened the day at $53.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.07.

Sears Holdings Corporation operates as a specialty retailer in the United States and Canada. The company's Kmart segment operates stores that sell merchandise under Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer labels; and Sears brand products, such as Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard. Sears Holdings Corporation has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 13.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Sears Holdings Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sears Holdings Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Sears Holdings Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, O'Reilly Automotive ( ORLY) is up $2.33 (1.9%) to $126.09 on average volume. Thus far, 273,947 shares of O'Reilly Automotive exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 607,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $124.05-$126.30 after having opened the day at $124.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $123.76.

O'Reilly Automotive, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the retail of automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment, and accessories in the United States. O'Reilly Automotive has a market cap of $13.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 36.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate O'Reilly Automotive a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates O'Reilly Automotive 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, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full O'Reilly Automotive Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST) is up $1.38 (1.2%) to $116.73 on average volume. Thus far, 642,303 shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $115.53-$116.74 after having opened the day at $115.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $115.35.

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 $49.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 16.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Costco Wholesale Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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, 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 Costco Wholesale Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Target ( TGT) is up $0.53 (0.8%) to $64.46 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Target exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.20-$64.72 after having opened the day at $64.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.93.

Target Corporation operates general merchandise stores in the United States. Target has a market cap of $39.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 8.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Target a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Target as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Target Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is up $0.41 (0.9%) to $47.04 on light volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.64-$47.18 after having opened the day at $46.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.63.

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 $48.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 31.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, 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 Lowe's Companies 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).

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