3 Stocks Driving The Retail Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 37 points (-0.2%) at 16,809 as of Friday, June 27, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,843 issues advancing vs. 1,114 declining with 177 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the industry that increased today was L Brands ( LB), up 1.4%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry higher today. As of noon trading, Vipshop Holdings is up $6.49 (3.6%) to $188.48 on average volume. Thus far, 579,234 shares of Vipshop Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $180.77-$189.00 after having opened the day at $181.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $181.99.

Vipshop Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as an online discount retailer for various brands in the People's Republic of China. Vipshop Holdings has a market cap of $10.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 117.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Vipshop Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vipshop Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Vipshop Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Home Depot ( HD) is up $0.47 (0.6%) to $81.22 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $80.63-$81.28 after having opened the day at $80.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.75.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $110.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 1.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Home Depot a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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 revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. 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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1. As of noon trading, eBay ( EBAY) is up $0.48 (1.0%) to $49.96 on light volume. Thus far, 4.5 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 $49.43-$49.98 after having opened the day at $49.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.47.

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 $62.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 9.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 18 analysts who rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay as a hold. 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 and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full eBay Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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