4 Stocks Moving The Retail Industry Upward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 21 points (0.1%) at 16,093 as of Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,560 issues advancing vs. 1,331 declining with 131 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Macy's ( M), up 1.3%, Home Depot ( HD), up 0.9% and Amazon.com ( AMZN), up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include eBay ( EBAY), down 1.0%, and Luxottica Group ( LUX), down 0.7%.

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

4. L Brands ( LTD) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry higher today. As of noon trading, L Brands is up $0.75 (1.2%) to $65.03 on light volume. Thus far, 415,198 shares of L Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.45-$65.49 after having opened the day at $64.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.28.

L Brands, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of women's intimate and other apparel, beauty and personal care products, and accessories. L Brands has a market cap of $18.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 35.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate L Brands a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates L Brands 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, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full L Brands Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Rite Aid Corporation ( RAD) is up $0.28 (5.0%) to $5.82 on average volume. Thus far, 15.1 million shares of Rite Aid Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $5.58-$5.84 after having opened the day at $5.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.55.

Rite Aid Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail drugstores in the United States. Rite Aid Corporation has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 297.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Rite Aid Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rite Aid Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Rite Aid Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Target ( TGT) is up $0.39 (0.6%) to $64.15 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Target exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.80-$64.42 after having opened the day at $63.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.76.

Target Corporation operates general merchandise stores in the United States. Target has a market cap of $40.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Target a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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 sub par growth in net income. Get the full Target Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is up $0.45 (0.9%) to $48.20 on light volume. Thus far, 2.6 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 $47.84-$48.30 after having opened the day at $47.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.75.

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 $50.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 34.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Lowe's Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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, notable return on equity, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. 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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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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