5 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Retail Industry

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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.

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4. As of noon trading, Rite Aid Corporation ( RAD) is up $0.38 (7.6%) to $5.42 on heavy volume. Thus far, 29.8 million shares of Rite Aid Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $5.30-$5.52 after having opened the day at $5.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.04.

Rite Aid Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail drugstores in the United States. Rite Aid Corporation has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 0.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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3. As of noon trading, Gap ( GPS) is up $0.62 (1.6%) to $39.34 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Gap exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.73-$39.75 after having opened the day at $38.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.72.

The Gap, Inc. operates as an apparel retail company. It offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, children, and babies under the Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix brands worldwide. Gap has a market cap of $17.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 0.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Gap a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gap as a buy. 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, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Gap Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, TJX Companies ( TJX) is up $0.37 (0.6%) to $63.85 on light volume. Thus far, 552,645 shares of TJX Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.25-$64.14 after having opened the day at $63.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.48.

The TJX Companies, Inc. operates as an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Marmaxx, HomeGoods, TJX Canada, and TJX Europe. TJX Companies has a market cap of $45.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 0.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate TJX Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TJX Companies 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, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full TJX Companies Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Target ( TGT) is up $0.38 (0.6%) to $63.56 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Target exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.40-$63.89 after having opened the day at $63.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.18.

Target Corporation operates general merchandise stores in the United States. Target has a market cap of $40.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 0.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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