Retail Stocks On The Rise With Help From 4 Stocks

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 156 points (1.0%) at 15,978 as of Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,203 issues advancing vs. 732 declining with 103 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.9%. Top gainers within the industry include Lowe's Companies ( LOW), up 2.6%, eBay ( EBAY), up 1.8% and Walgreen Company ( WAG), up 0.8%. A company within the industry that fell today was Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), up 1.7%.

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 $0.65 (1.6%) to $40.71 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Kroger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.06-$40.84 after having opened the day at $40.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.06.

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 $21.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 54.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Kroger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kroger as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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, CVS Caremark ( CVS) is up $0.60 (0.9%) to $66.46 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of CVS Caremark exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.27-$66.77 after having opened the day at $66.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.87.

CVS Caremark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated pharmacy health care services in the United States. CVS Caremark has a market cap of $78.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 36.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate CVS Caremark a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full CVS Caremark Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is up $0.43 (0.5%) to $79.87 on light volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.71-$80.23 after having opened the day at $79.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.44.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $260.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Wal-Mart Stores Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Home Depot ( HD) is up $0.61 (0.8%) to $79.15 on light volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.81-$79.51 after having opened the day at $79.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.54.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $110.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Home Depot a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. 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 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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