Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 14 points (0.1%) at 16,456 as of Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,718 issues advancing vs. 1,181 declining with 172 unchanged. The Retail industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. A company within the industry that increased today was Delhaize Group ( DEG), up 2.2%. TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today: 5. Advance Auto Parts ( AAP) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry higher today. As of noon trading, Advance Auto Parts is up $3.79 (3.5%) to $113.53 on average volume. Thus far, 434,916 shares of Advance Auto Parts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 901,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $110.58-$114.12 after having opened the day at $111.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $109.74. Advance Auto Parts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of automotive aftermarket parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items. It operates in two segments, Advance Auto Parts (AAP), and Autopart International (AI). Advance Auto Parts has a market cap of $8.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Advance Auto Parts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Advance Auto Parts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Advance Auto Parts Ratings Report now. 3x UPSIDE POTENTIAL: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.
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