4 Stocks Boosting The Retail Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 16,035 as of Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,480 issues advancing vs. 1,397 declining with 175 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include J.C. Penney ( JCP), up 4.3%, Gap ( GPS), up 0.7% and Luxottica Group ( LUX), up 0.5%.

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

4. Nordstrom ( JWN) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry higher today. As of noon trading, Nordstrom is up $0.57 (0.9%) to $60.93 on light volume. Thus far, 454,112 shares of Nordstrom exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.42-$60.93 after having opened the day at $60.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.36.

Nordstrom, Inc., a fashion specialty retailer, offers apparel, shoes, cosmetics, and accessories for women, men, and children in the United States. It operates in two segments, Retail and Credit. The Retail segment offers a selection of brand name and private label merchandise. Nordstrom has a market cap of $11.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Nordstrom a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nordstrom 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, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. 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 Nordstrom Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Dollar General Corporation ( DG) is up $0.65 (1.1%) to $60.85 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Dollar General Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.17-$61.13 after having opened the day at $60.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.20.

Dollar General Corporation, a discount retailer, engages in the provision of various merchandise products in the United States. Dollar General Corporation has a market cap of $19.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 35.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Dollar General Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar General Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Dollar General Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Macy's ( M) is up $0.32 (0.6%) to $52.15 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Macy's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.86-$52.58 after having opened the day at $51.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.83.

Macy's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates stores and Internet Websites in the United States. Macy's has a market cap of $19.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Macy's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macy's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. 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 Macy's Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS) is up $0.93 (1.2%) to $80.61 on light volume. Thus far, 919,418 shares of Michael Kors Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.68-$80.98 after having opened the day at $79.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.68.

Michael Kors Holdings Limited engages in the design, marketing, distribution, and retailing of branded women's apparel and accessories, and men's apparel. The company operates in three segments: Retail, Wholesale, and Licensing. Michael Kors Holdings has a market cap of $16.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 58.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Michael Kors Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Michael Kors Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including premium valuation and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Michael Kors Holdings 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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