4 Retail Stocks Pushing Industry Growth

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 125 points (-0.8%) at 16,333 as of Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,733 issues advancing vs. 1,234 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the industry that increased today was Luxottica Group ( LUX), up 6.3%.

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

4. Gap ( GPS) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry higher today. As of noon trading, Gap is up $1.00 (2.7%) to $38.30 on average volume. Thus far, 3.3 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 $38.23-$38.86 after having opened the day at $38.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.30.

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 $16.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts who 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, growth in earnings per share 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 Gap Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, CVS Caremark ( CVS) is up $0.48 (0.7%) to $68.18 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of CVS Caremark exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.06-$68.62 after having opened the day at $68.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.70.

CVS Caremark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated pharmacy health care services in the United States. CVS Caremark has a market cap of $80.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts who 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, eBay ( EBAY) is up $0.48 (0.9%) to $53.68 on average volume. Thus far, 6.4 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.57-$54.10 after having opened the day at $54.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.20.

eBay Inc. provides online platforms, tools, and services to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $68.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 24 analysts who rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay 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, reasonable valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full eBay Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Amazon.com ( AMZN) is up $4.32 (1.1%) to $403.93 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $401.60-$405.68 after having opened the day at $403.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $399.61.

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $182.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 1427.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 23 analysts who rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust 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 Amazon.com 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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