17 Apparel & Footwear Stocks to Consider for Your Stock Portfolio

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The global apparel and footwear industry remains in growth mode, increasing an estimated 5% in 2013 despite excessive discounting and a slowdown in China, according to research from Euromonitor International.

China is a key market and by 2017 is expected to account for 50% of absolute growth, Euromonitor International said. In-demand brands in China include Uniqlo, Gap (GPS) and H&M, the firm added.

What follows are 17 of the biggest publicly traded apparel and footwear industry stocks, ranked by our own proprietary quantitative ranking system at TheStreetRatings.com. Note that these ratings can change at any time. If you would like access to real-time ratings of these stocks, you can subscribe to TheStreet Quant Ratings.

17. Lululemon Athletica (LULU)

lululemon athletica designs, manufactures and distributes athletic apparel and accessories for women, men and young women.

The company's line of apparel includes fitness pants, shorts, tops and jackets for healthy lifestyle activities, such as yoga, running and general fitness. Its fitness-related accessories include bags, socks, underwear, yoga mats and water bottles.

The company sells its products through corporate-owned and operated retail stores, e-commerce Web sites and a wholesale network that includes yoga studios and health clubs.

As of Feb. 2, 2014, it operated 254 stores in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand under the lululemon athletica and ivivva athletica brand names.

The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Vancouver, Canada.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates LULULEMON ATHLETICA INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate LULULEMON ATHLETICA INC (LULU) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed ? some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. 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."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: LULU Ratings Report

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