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

16. PVH  (PVH)

PVH operates as an apparel company.

It designs, markets and sells branded dress shirts, neckwear, sportswear, swim products, footwear, athletic apparel, body wear, eye wear, sun wear, watches, handbags, men's tailored clothing, men's dress furnishings, accessories, women's dresses and suits, women's performance apparel, golf apparel, hosiery, socks, small leather goods, fragrances, home and bedding products, bathroom accessories, and luggage.

The company offers its products under many different brands. Its own brands include Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, IZOD, ARROW, Warner's, Olga and Eagle. Licensed brands include Speedo, Geoffrey Beene, Kenneth Cole New York, Kenneth Cole Reaction, Sean John, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Michael Kors Collection, Chaps, Donald J. Trump Signature Collection, DKNY, Elie Tahari, Nautica, Ted Baker, J. Garcia, Claiborne, Robert Graham, U.S. POLO ASSN., Ike Behar, Axcess, Jones New York and John Varvatos.

PVH also licenses its own brands over a range of products.

The company distributes its products at wholesale in department, chain, specialty, mass market, club, off-price and independent stores; and through company-operated full-price specialty and outlet stores, as well as through e-commerce Web sites.

PVH was founded in 1881 and is based in New York.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates PVH CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate PVH CORP (PVH) a BUY. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself."

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

15. Zumiez (ZUMZ)

Zumiez operates as a multichannel specialty retailer of action sports-related apparel, footwear, accessories and hard goods.

The company's stores focus on skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, motocross and bicycle motocross for young men and women. Its hard goods include skateboards, snowboards, bindings, components and other equipment.

As of May 3, 2014, the company operated 558 stores, including 515 stores in the U.S., 29 stores in Canada and 14 stores in Europe under the Zumiez and Blue Tomato names. It also operated the zumiez.com and blue-tomato.com e-commerce Web sites.

The company was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Lynnwood, Wash.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates ZUMIEZ INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate ZUMIEZ INC (ZUMZ) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

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

14. Nautilus (NLS)

Nautilus operates as a consumer fitness products company, primarily in the U.S. and Canada.

It designs, develops, sources and markets cardiovascular and strength fitness products and related accessories for consumer use.

The company provides a range of fitness equipment, including bike products, elliptical trainers, TreadClimber machines, treadmills, home gyms, kettlebell weights and weight benches. Brands include Bowflex, Nautilus, Universal and Schwinn.

Nautilus offers its products directly to consumers through television advertising, catalogs, and the Internet. It also sells its products through a network of retail companies consisting of sporting goods stores, Internet retailers, and large-format and warehouse stores, as well as specialty retailers and independent bike dealers.

The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Wash.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates NAUTILUS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate NAUTILUS INC (NLS) a BUY. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

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

13. Deckers Outdoor (DECK)

Deckers Outdoor designs, markets and distributes footwear, apparel and accessories for outdoor activities and casual lifestyle use.

The company offers luxury footwear, handbags, apparel and cold weather accessories under the UGG brand name. It also offers sandals, shoes, boots, and amphibious footwear under the Teva brand name, and action sports footwear under the Sanuk brand name.

Deckers also offers high-end casual footwear under the TSUBO brand name; outdoor performance and lifestyle footwear under the Ahnu brand name; footwear for culinary professionals under the MOZO brand name; and running footwear under the Hoka One One brand name.

The company sells its products primarily to specialty retailers, selected department stores, outdoor retailers, sporting goods retailers, shoe stores and online retailers. It also sells its products directly to end-user consumers through its Web sites and retail stores. It also distributes its products through independent distributors and retailers.

As of March 18, 2014, the company operated 117 company-owned and operated retail stores.

Deckers Outdoor was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Goleta, Calif.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates DECKERS OUTDOOR CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate DECKERS OUTDOOR CORP (DECK) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. 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, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

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

12. Urban Outfitters (URBN)

Urban Outfitters sells clothes, accessories and home furnishings through retail and wholesale channels.

It serves its customers directly through retail stores, Web sites, mobile applications, catalogs and customer contact centers.

The company operates retail stores under the Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain and Bhldn brands.

The Urban Outfitters stores offer women's and men's fashion apparel, footwear, beauty, accessories and sporting apparel and gear, as well as an eclectic mix of apartment wares and gifts. The target market is young adults aged 18 to 28. Anthropologie stores sell women's casual apparel and accessories, shoes, home furnishings, and various gifts and decorative items. Their target market is women aged 28 to 45.

The company's Free People stores sell casual women's apparel, intimates, shoes, accessories and gifts. The target market is young women aged 25 to 30.

Terrain stores sell home and garden products, antiques, wellness products and landscaping services.

Bhldn stores sell wedding gowns, bridesmaid frocks, party dresses, assorted jewelry, headpieces, footwear, lingerie and decorations.

The company operates 232 Urban Outfitters stores, 190 Anthropologie stores, 92 Free People stores, two Terrain garden centers and two Bhldn stores in North America and Europe.

Urban Outfitters also operates a wholesale business under the Free People brand that designs, develops and markets young women's casual apparel to other retailers and department stores in the U.S.

The company was founded in 1970 and is based in Philadelphia, Pa.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates URBAN OUTFITTERS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate URBAN OUTFITTERS INC (URBN) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. 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 and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

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

11. Hibbett Sports (HIBB)

Hibbett Sports operates sporting goods stores in small and midsized markets primarily in the South, Southwest, mid-Atlantic and the Midwest regions of the U.S.

The company's stores offer a range of merchandise, including athletic footwear, team sports equipment, athletic and fashion apparel, and related accessories.

As of Feb. 1, 2014, it operated 927 stores consisting of 910 Hibbett Sports stores, and 17 Sports Additions athletic shoe stores in 31 states.

The company, through its subsidiary, Hibbett Team Sales, also sells its merchandise directly to educational institutions and youth associations.

Hibbett Sports was founded in 1945 and is based in Birmingham, Ala.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates HIBBETT SPORTS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate HIBBETT SPORTS INC (HIBB) a BUY. This is driven by multiple strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. Among the primary strengths of the company is its revenue growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share."

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

10. Wolverine World Wide (WWW)

Wolverine World Wide designs, manufactures, sources, and markets footwear, apparel and accessories.

The company operates through Lifestyle Group, Performance Group, and Heritage Group segments.

It offers casual footwear and apparel, performance outdoor and athletic footwear and apparel, children's footwear, industrial work boots and apparel, and uniform shoes and boots.

The company sources and markets a range of footwear styles for men, women, and children, including shoes, boots and sandals under various brand names, including Bates, Cat, Chaco, Cushe, Harley-Davidson, Hush Puppies, HyTest, Keds, Merrell, Patagonia, Saucony, Sebago, Soft Style, Sperry Top-Sider, Stride Rite, and Wolverine.

It also markets apparel and accessories under Merrell, Saucony, Sebago, Sperry Top-Sider, and Wolverine, as well as licenses its brands for use on nonfootwear products, including Hush Puppies apparel, eye wear, watches, socks, handbags, and plush toys; Wolverine brand eye wear and gloves; and Keds, Saucony, Sperry Top-Sider, and Stride Rite brand apparel.

In addition, the company markets pigskin leather under the Wolverine Warrior Leather, Weather Tight, and All Season Weather Leathers trademarks for use in the footwear industry.

Wolverine World Wide sells its products directly in the U.S., Canada, and certain countries in Europe to a range of retail customers, including department stores, national chains, catalogs retailers, specialty retailers, mass merchants, Internet retailers and governments and municipalities.

As of Dec. 28, 2013, the company operated 463 retail stores in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.; and 63 consumer-direct Web sites.

Wolverine World Wide was founded in 1883 and is based in Rockford, Mich.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates WOLVERINE WORLD WIDE as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate WOLVERINE WORLD WIDE (WWW) a BUY. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. 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, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow."

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

9. Columbia Sportswear (COLM)

Columbia Sportswear designs, sources, markets, and distributes active outdoor apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment in the U.S., Latin America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Canada.

The company provides apparel, accessories, and equipment for men, women and youth under the Columbia and Mountain Hardwear brands.

Its products are designed for use while skiing, snowboarding, hiking, climbing, mountaineering, camping, hunting, fishing, trail running and engaging in adventure travel. The company also offers footwear products, including durable and lightweight hiking boots, trail running shoes, rugged cold weather boots, sandals, and casual shoes for men and women under the Columbia, Sorel, and Montrail brands, as well as for youth under the Columbia and Sorel brands.

Columbia Sportswear sells its products through wholesale distribution channels, direct-to-consumer channels, independent distributors, and licensees, as well as directly to consumers through its network of branded and outlet retail stores and online.

As of Dec. 31, 2013, it operated 64 outlet retail stores and eight branded retail stores, and four e-commerce Web sites in the U.S.; seven outlet retail stores and two branded retail stores in various locations in Western Europe; two outlet retail stores in Canada; and 131 and 261 dealer-operated, branded, outlet, and shop-in-shop locations in Japan and Korea, respectively.

The company was founded in 1938 and is headquartered in Portland, Ore.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR CO (COLM) a BUY. This is driven by some important positives, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. 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, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity."

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

8. Jarden (JAH)

Jarden manufactures, markets, and distributes consumer products in the U.S. and internationally.

The Outdoor Solutions segment offers camping and outdoor equipment; fishing and team sports equipment; alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and in-line skating equipment; technical and outdoor apparel and equipment; personal flotation devices, water sports equipment and all-terrain vehicle gears; and inflatable air beds and accessories.

The Consumer Solutions segment provides household kitchen appliances, such as blenders, coffeemakers, irons, mixers, slow cookers, tea kettles, toasters, toaster ovens, and vacuum packaging machines; home environmental products, such as air purifiers, fans, heaters and humidifiers; clippers, trimmers, and other hair care products for professional use in the beauty and barber and animal categories; electric blankets, mattress pads and throws; products for the hospitality industry; and scales for consumer use.

The Branded Consumables segment offers preserving jars and accessories; home safety products; baby, health, and home care products; candle products, home fragrance products, auto air fresheners, and home decor accessories; playing cards and card accessories; cords, ropes, and twines; foam coolers, reusable ice, protective packaging, and other recreational products; arts and crafts products; firelogs and firestarters; and storage organizers and workshop accessories, doors, and fencing products.

The Process Solutions segment produces plastic products, including closures, contact lens packaging, medical disposables, plastic cutlery, and rigid packaging; specialty nylon polymers; conductive fibers; monofilaments; industrial zinc products; and fabricated solid zinc strip products, as well as supplies copper-plated zinc penny blanks, as well as brass, bronze, and nickel-plated finishes on steel and zinc for coinage.

The company was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates JARDEN CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate JARDEN CORP (JAH) a BUY. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

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

7. Under Armour (UA)

Under Armour develops, markets, and distributes branded performance apparel, footwear, and accessories for men, women and youth primarily in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

The company offers its apparel in compression, fitted, and loose types to be worn in hot, cold, and in-between environments. It offers various footwear products, including football, baseball, lacrosse, softball and soccer cleats, slides, performance training footwear, running footwear, basketball footwear and hunting boots.

The company also provides accessories, which include headwear, bags, and gloves; digital fitness platform licenses and subscriptions, as well as digital advertising; and licenses its brands.

It offers its products under the UA Logo, UNDER ARMOUR, UA, ARMOUR, HEATGEAR, COLDGEAR, ALLSEASONGEAR, PROTECT THIS HOUSE, and I WILL trademarks, as well as ARMOUR39, ARMOURBITE, ARMOURLOFT, ARMOURSTORM, ARMOUR FLEECE and ARMOUR BRA trademarks.

The company sells its products through wholesale channels, including national and regional sporting goods chains, independent and specialty retailers, department store chains, institutional athletic departments, and leagues and teams, as well as independent distributors; and directly to consumers through a network of brand and factory house stores, and a Web site.

Under Armour was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Baltimore.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates UNDER ARMOUR INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate UNDER ARMOUR INC (UA) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value."

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

6. Finish Line (FINL)

The Finish Line operates as a specialty retailer of athletic shoes, apparel and accessories in the U.S.

It operates Finish Line stores that offer performance and athletic shoes, as well as apparel and accessories for men, women, and kids. The company also operates Running Specialty stores under The Running Company, Run On!, Blue Mile, Boulder Running Company, Roncker's Running Spot, and VA Runner banners, which provide performance running shoes, as well as an assortment of performance apparel and accessories for men and women; and Finish Line-branded shops in Macy's (M) department stores.

In addition, The Finish Line sells merchandise through its Web sites finishline.com and run.com, as well as through m.finishline.com.

As of April 25, 2014, it had approximately 850 stores, including 200 shops in Macy's in malls in the U.S.; and 49 Running Specialty stores in 11 states and the District of Columbia.

The company was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Indianapolis.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates FINISH LINE INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate FINISH LINE INC (FINL) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

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

5. Genesco (GCO)

Genesco sells footwear, apparel and accessories.

The company operates in five segments: Journeys Group, Schuh Group, Lids Sports Group, Johnston & Murphy Group and Licensed Brands.

The Journeys Group segment operates the Journeys, Journeys Kidz, Shi by Journeys, and Underground by Journeys retail stores, which provide footwear and accessories for men, women, and younger children. Journeys Group also sells footwear and accessories through direct-to-consumer catalog and e-commerce operations.

The Schuh Group segment operates Schuh retail footwear stores, which offer casual and athletic footwear for 15- to 30-year-old men and women. It also has e-commerce operations.

The Lids Sports Group segment operates headwear and accessory stores under the Lids, Hat World, and Hat Shack banners; sports-oriented fan shops that offer licensed merchandise, such as apparel, hats and accessories, sports decor, and novelty products; and as a Lids Team Sports athletic team dealer.

The Johnston & Murphy Group segment sells footwear, apparel and accessories for business and professional customers.

The Licensed Brands segment markets casual and dress footwear under the Dockers brand for men aged 30 to 55. As of March 13, 2014, the company operated approximately 2,550 retail stores and leased departments in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Ireland.

The company also sells its products through journeys.com, journeyskidz.com, shibyjourneys.com, undergroundbyjourneys.com, schuh.co.uk, johnstonmurphy.com, lids.com, lids.ca, lidslockerroom.com, lidsteamsports.com, lidsclubhouse.com, trask.com, suregripfootwear.com and dockersshoes.com.

Genesco was founded in 1924 and is based in Nashville, Tenn.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates GENESCO INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate GENESCO INC (GCO) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

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

4. Nordstrom (JWN)

Nordstrom, a fashion specialty retailer, offers apparel, shoes, cosmetics and accessories for women, men and children in the U.S.

It operates in two segments, retail and credit.

The retail segment offers a selection of brand name and private label merchandise. This segment sells its products through various channels. As of July 30, 2014, this segment operated 271 stores in 36 states, including 117 full-line stores, 151 Nordstrom Racks, two Jeffrey boutiques and one clearance store.

The credit segment operates Nordstrom fsb, a federal savings bank, which provides a private label credit card, two Nordstrom Visa credit cards and a debit card. Its credit and debit cards feature a shopping-based loyalty program.

Nordstrom was founded in 1901 and is based in Seattle.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates NORDSTROM INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate NORDSTROM INC (JWN) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow."

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

3. V.F. (VFC)

V.F. designs, manufactures, or sources from independent contractors various apparel and footwear products.

The company offers outdoor apparel, footwear and equipment, sports and adventure footwear and apparel, handbags, luggage, backpacks, accessories, merino wool socks, women's active wear, packs, and travel accessories under the The North Face, Vans, Timberland, Kipling, Napapijri, Jansport, Reef, Smartwool, Eastpak, lucy, and Eagle Creek brands. It also provides denim and casual bottoms and tops under the Wrangler, Lee, Lee Casuals, Riders, Rustler, and Timber Creek by Wrangler brands, as well as fashion denim and sportswear under the Rock & Republic brand.

In addition, the company offers occupational, protective occupational, athletic, licensed athletic and licensed apparel products under the Red Kap, Bulwark, Horace Small, Majestic, MLB, NFL, and Harley-Davidson brands; and fashion sportswear, denim bottoms, sleepwear, and underwear, as well as handbags, luggage, backpacks, and accessories under the Nautica and Kipling brands. Further, it provides premium denim and casual bottoms, sportswear, and accessories, as well as premium lifestyle apparel under the 7 For All Mankind, Splendid, and Ella Moss brands.

The company sells its products to specialty stores, department stores, national chains and mass merchants. It also operates its own retail stores and e-commerce sites.

V.F. was founded in 1899 and is headquartered in Greensboro, N.C.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates VF CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate VF CORP (VFC) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow."

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

2. Foot Locker (FL)

Foot Locker operates as a retailer of athletic footwear and apparel.

The company operates in two segments: athletic stores and direct sales to customers.

The athletic stores segment retails athletic footwear, apparel, accessories, and equipment under various formats, including Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Champs Sports, Footaction, and SIX:02, as well as Runners Point, Sidestep, and Run2. As of Feb. 1, 2014, it operated 3,473 primarily mall-based stores in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

The direct-to-customers segment sell athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, team licensed products, private-label merchandise, and accessories through Internet Websites, catalogs, and mobile devices.

The company also provides franchise licenses to open and operate its Foot Locker stores in the South Korea and the Middle East; and Runners Point and Stepside stores in Germany and Switzerland.

It operated 73 franchised stores.

Foot Locker was founded in 1879 and is headquartered in New York.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates FOOT LOCKER INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate FOOT LOCKER INC (FL) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

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

1. Nike (NKE)

Nike, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, markets and sells athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories.

The company offers products in eight categories, including running, basketball, football, men's training, women's training, sportswear, action sports and golf under the Nike and Jordan brand names.

It also markets products designed for children, as well as for other athletic and recreational uses, such as baseball, cricket, lacrosse, outdoor activities, football, tennis, volleyball, walking and wrestling. In addition, the company sells sports apparel and accessories. It also and markets apparel with licensed college and professional team and league logos.

Nike also sells a line of performance equipment, including bags, socks, sport balls, eye wear, timepieces, digital devices, bats, gloves, protective equipment, golf clubs and other equipment under the Nike brand name for sports activities.

The company also sells athletic and casual footwear, apparel, and accessories under the Converse, Chuck Taylor, All Star, One Star, Star Chevron, and Jack Purcell trademarks; and action sports and youth lifestyle apparel and accessories under the Hurley trademark.

The company sells its products to footwear stores; sporting goods stores; athletic specialty stores; department stores; skate, tennis and golf shops; other retail accounts through Nike-owned retail stores and Internet Web sites; and a mix of independent distributors and licensees.

Nike was founded in 1964 and is headquartered in Beaverton, Ore.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates NIKE INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate NIKE INC (NKE) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. 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, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow."

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

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