The Four Retailers Investors Bought Big on Monday

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- With holiday shopping season around the corner, Wall Street did a little shopping of its own on Monday. Retailers Sears  (SHLD), Macy's (M), J.C. Penney  (JCP) and The Buckle (BKE) moved higher ahead of a busy earnings season for department stores and clothing brands.

Sears led the gains, climbing 5.7% to $59.98, after divesting eight of its Canadian properties for $300.3 million. J.C. Penney was up 4% to $8.56, The Buckle gained 2.5% to $52.13, and Macy's jumped 1.9% to $47.07.

Macy's, the first to report, will issue third-quarter earnings Nov. 13, J.C. Penney on Nov. 20, and Sears and The Buckle both on Nov. 21.

TheStreet Ratings team rates Sears Holdings Corp as a Sell with a ratings score of D. The team has this to say about its recommendation:

"We rate Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD) a SELL. This is driven by several weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. 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."

TheStreet Ratings team rates Macy's Inc. as a Buy with a ratings score of A. The team has this to say about its recommendation:

"We rate Macy's Inc (M) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."

TheStreet Ratings team rates J.C. Penney as a Sell with a ratings score of D. The team has this to say about its recommendation:

"We rate J.C. Penney (JCP) a SELL. This is driven by multiple weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins."

TheStreet Ratings team rates The Buckle Inc. as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. The team has this to say about its recommendation:

"We rate Buckle INC (BKE) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook."

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