COST, WAG, TGT, WMT And HD, Pushing Retail Industry Downward

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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 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

5. Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry lower today. As of noon trading, Costco Wholesale Corporation is down $1.22 (-1.1%) to $115.07 on light volume. Thus far, 701,623 shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $115.06-$116.11 after having opened the day at $115.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $116.29.

Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates membership warehouses. The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. Costco Wholesale Corporation has a market cap of $51.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Costco Wholesale Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Costco Wholesale 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 notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Costco Wholesale Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Walgreen Company ( WAG) is down $0.71 (-1.2%) to $58.45 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Walgreen Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.43-$59.43 after having opened the day at $59.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.16.

Walgreen Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates a network of drugstores in the United States. It provides consumer goods and services, pharmacy, and health and wellness services through drugstores, as well as through mail, and by telephone and online. Walgreen Company has a market cap of $56.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Walgreen Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walgreen Company 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 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 Walgreen Company Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Target ( TGT) is down $1.24 (-2.0%) to $59.00 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.2 million shares of Target exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.80-$59.81 after having opened the day at $59.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.24.

Target Corporation operates general merchandise stores in the United States. Target has a market cap of $38.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Target Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) is down $1.08 (-1.4%) to $75.11 on average volume. Thus far, 4.0 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.86-$76.39 after having opened the day at $76.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.19.

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 $246.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 down $0.95 (-1.2%) to $80.05 on average volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.81-$81.50 after having opened the day at $81.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.00.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $114.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 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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