21 Sports-Related Companies to Consider for Your Stock Portfolio

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With the football season kicking off, the sports industry once again is experiencing one of its major perennial gains. As big as football has become, it is still just one piece of the overall sports pie.

The athletic and sporting goods industry amassed $9 billion in domestic U.S. revenue in 2013, according to IBISWorld. In addition, it employed 25,281 people and accounts for 1,053 business in the U.S. last year, not including professional sports teams.

All sports are experiencing record growth. For example, in March 2012 the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team sold for $2.15 billion, shattering the previous record of $1.1 billion paid for a professional sports franchise. Just last month, the Los Angeles Clippers basketball franchise sold for $2 billion, a far cry from the $12.5 million it sold for in 1981. Forbes recently named Spanish soccer club Real Madrid the world's most valuable sports team and valued it at $3.44 billion. With every massive sports deal, purchase or contract, everybody in the industry benefits.

We categorize the sports industry into four different segments: apparel and footwear, content distributors, equipment and facilities and warehouses. Apparel and footwear is the largest segment of the four, with the top four companies, including Nike  (NKE) , comprising an estimated 12% of total industry revenue, IBISWorld said.

Because of the nature of sports, the performance of the industry tends fluctuate seasonally. Naturally, the most profitable times of the year in the U.S. come immediately before the four major sports and other popular sports seasons begin.

Sports business analysts such as ESPN's Darren Rovell expect the industry to experience moderate domestic growth in the future, due mostly to an increase in overall health consciousness and an increase in participation in sporting activities involving the general public.

What follows are 25 of some of the biggest publicly traded sports-related stocks, ranked by our own proprietary quantitative ranking system at TheStreetRatings.com, which are worth taking to the checkout line. 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.

 21. Black Diamond  (BDE)

Segment: Equipment & Facilities

Black Diamond, together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures and markets outdoor performance equipment and apparel for climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, skiing, cycling and other outdoor recreation activities in the U.S. and internationally.

It provides climbing products, which include belay/rappel devices, bouldering products, carabiners and quickdraws, chalk, chalk bags, climbing packs, crampons, crash pads, harnesses, ice axes, ice and rock protection devices and various other climbing accessories; and skiing products comprising backpacks, winter packs for skiing and snowboarding, bindings, boots, poles, skis, skins, snow gloves, snow packs and snow safety devices.

The company also offers helmets for skiing, mountain and road cycling; body armors; goggles for skiing and mountain biking; eyewear; and skis, ski poles, ski bindings, ski boots, ski skins and ski safety products, including avalanche transceivers, shovels and probes. In addition, it provides rock-climbing equipment, such as carabiners, protection devices, harnesses, belay devices, helmets, and ice-climbing gears; and technical backpacks and high-end day packs, travel luggage, lifestyle packs, tents, trekking poles, headlamps and lanterns, gaiters, and gloves and mittens.

The company sells its products under the Black Diamond, Gregory, POC and PIEPS brands to mountain climbers, winter outdoor enthusiasts, backpackers and campers, cyclists, ski racers, top endurance trail runners and outdoor-inspired consumers. It offers its products through independent and specialty stores and other retail locations, as well as online at blackdiamondequipment.com, gregorypacks.com and pocsports.com.

Black Diamond, Inc. is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates BLACK DIAMOND INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate BLACK DIAMOND INC (BDE) a SELL. This is driven by a number of negative factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share."

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

20. Callaway Golf  (ELY)
Segment: Equipment & Facilities

Callaway Golf Company, together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures and sells golf clubs and balls.

It offers drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges and putters. The company also designs and sells golf accessories, such as golf apparel and footwear, golf bags, golf gloves, headwear, towels, umbrellas, eyewear and travel gear under the Callaway Golf, Odyssey and Strata brand names.

In addition, it licenses its trademarks and service marks for use on golf related accessories, including golf apparel and footwear, prescription eyewear, golf gloves, umbrellas and practice aids.

The company sells its products directly to golf retailers, sporting goods retailers and mass merchants; and to third-party distributors in the U.S., as well as in approximately 100 countries worldwide. It also sells pre-owned golf products through its Web site callawaygolfpreowned.com; and Callaway Golf and Odyssey products directly to consumers online through its Web sites callawaygolf.com and odysseygolf.com

The company was founded in 1982 and is based in Carlsbad, Calif.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates CALLAWAY GOLF CO as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate CALLAWAY GOLF CO (ELY) 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive."

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

19. Lululemon Athletica  (LULU)
Segment: Apparel & Footwear

Lululemon Athletica, together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures and distributes athletic apparel and accessories for women, men and female youth.

It operates in three segments: Corporate-Owned Stores, Direct To Consumer and Other.

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

The company sells its products through a chain of corporate-owned and operated retail stores; direct to consumer through e-commerce Web sites; and a network of wholesale channel, such as premium yoga studios, health clubs and fitness centers.

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.

Lululemon Athletica was founded in 1998 and is based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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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

18. Big 5 Sporting Goods  (BGFV)
Segment: Warehouses

Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation operates as a sporting goods retailer in the western U.S.

The company offers athletic shoes, apparel and accessories, as well as a selection of outdoor and athletic equipment for team sports, fitness, camping, hunting, fishing, tennis, golf, snowboarding and roller sports. It also provides private label items, such as shoes, apparel, binoculars, camping equipment, fishing supplies and snow sport equipment.

The company sells private label merchandise under its owned trademarks comprising Court Casuals, Golden Bear, Harsh, Pacifica, Rugged Exposure and Triple Nickel; and licensed trademarks, including Avet, Beach Feet, Bearpaw, Body Glove, GoFit, Hi-Tec, Maui and Sons, Morrow and The Realm.

As of June 29, 2014, it operated 427 stores in 12 states under the Big 5 Sporting Goods name.

Big 5 Sporting Goods was founded in 1955 and is headquartered in El Segundo, Calif.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates BIG 5 SPORTING GOODS CORP as a Hold with a ratings score of C+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate BIG 5 SPORTING GOODS CORP (BGFV) 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 reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins."

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

17. Life Time Fitness  (LTM)
Segment: Equipment & Facilities

Life Time Fitness designs, builds and operates sports and athletic, professional fitness, family recreation and spa centers.

It offers programs in various areas, including group fitness, yoga, swimming, racquetball, squash, tennis, pilates, martial arts, kids activities and camps, adult activities and leagues, rock climbing, basketball, weight loss and nutrition initiatives and personal training services.

The company operates LifeCafes that offer nutritional products and supplements, third-party nutritional products, exercise accessories and personal care products; and LifeSpa, a full-service salon and spa.

It also operates LifeClinic, which provides chiropractic services for soft tissue and joint treatment; and Child Centers that offer on-site child centers for children from three months to 11 years of age, as well as publishes magazine under the Experience Life name.

In addition, the company produces athletic events comprising running, cycling and triathlon events from entry-level to ultra-endurance as well as offers health programs and assessments services. As of July 28, 2014, it operated 112 centers under the LIFE TIME FITNESS and LIFE TIME ATHLETIC brands in the U.S. and Canada. The company serves various organizations, communities and individuals.

The company was formerly known as FCA, Ltd. and changed its name to Life Time Fitness, in January 1998.

Life Time Fitness was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Chanhassen, Minn.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates LIFE TIME FITNESS INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate LIFE TIME FITNESS INC (LTM) 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, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself."

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

16. Dick's Sporting Goods  (DKS)
Segment: Warehouses

Dick's Sporting Goods operates as a sports and fitness retailer primarily in the eastern U.S.

The company provides hardlines, including sporting goods equipment, fitness equipment, golf equipment and hunting and fishing gear products; apparel; and footwear products.

As of May 3, 2014, it operated approximately 565 DICK'S Sporting Goods stores. It also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream and True Runner specialty stores; and eCommerce Websites, as well as carries out catalog operations for DICK'S Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy.

The company was formerly known as Dick's Clothing and Sporting Goods, Inc. and changed its name to Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. in April 1999.

Dick's Sporting Goodswas founded in 1948 and is headquartered in Coraopolis, Penn.

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

"We rate DICKS SPORTING GOODS INC (DKS) 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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: DKS Ratings Report

15. Nautilus  (NLS)
Segment: Apparel & Footwear

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

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

The company provides a range of cardio equipment including specialized cardio, bike products and ellipticals under the Nautilus brand; fitness equipment, which include cardio and strength products comprising TreadClimber specialized cardio machines, treadmills, PowerRod and Revolution home gyms and SelectTech dumbbells under the Bowflex brand; exercise bikes including the Airdyne and ellipticals under the Schwinn brand; and various kettlebell weights and weight benches under the Universal brand.

Nautilus offers its products directly to consumers through television advertising, catalogs and Internet; and 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

14. Deckers Outdoor  (DECK)
Segment: Apparel & Footwear

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

The company offers luxurious comfort footwear, handbags, apparel and cold weather accessories under the UGG brand name; sandals, shoes, boots and amphibious footwear under Teva brand name; and action sport footwear under the Sanuk brand name.

It also offers high-end casual footwear under the TSUBO brand name, outdoor performance and lifestyle footwear under the Ahnu brand name and footwear for culinary professionals under the MOZO brand name, as well as 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; and distributes its products through independent distributors and retailers in the U.S., Europe, the Asia Pacific Canada and Latin America.

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

13. International Speedway  (ISCA)
Segment: Content Distributors

International Speedway, together with its subsidiaries, promotes motorsports-themed entertainment activities in the U.S.

The company's motorsports entertainment facilities promoted approximately 100 stock car, open wheel, sports car, truck, motorcycle and other racing events.

It is also involved in souvenir merchandising operations; food and beverage concession operations; the provision of catering services in suites and chalets; and the creation of motorsports-related programming content carried on radio stations, as well as Sirius XM Radio, a national satellite radio service.

In addition, the company uses its motorsports entertainment facilities for testing for teams, driving schools, riding experiences, car shows, auto fairs, concerts and settings for television commercials, print advertisements and motion pictures; and rents show cars for promotional events.

As of Nov. 30, 2013, it owned and/or operated 13 motorsports entertainment facilities with approximately 831,500 grandstand seats and 525 suites.

The company was formerly known as Daytona International Speedway Corporation and changed its name to International Speedway in 1968.

International Speedway was founded in 1953 and is based in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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

"We rate INTL SPEEDWAY CORP (ISCA) 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. 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: ISCA Ratings Report

12. Hibbett Sports  (HIBB)
Segment: Apparel & Footwear

Hibbett Sports operates sporting goods stores in small and mid-sized 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

11. Brunswick  (BC)
Segment: Equipment & Facilities

Brunswick designs, manufactures and markets recreation products in the U.S. and internationally.

Its Marine Engine segment offers sterndrive propulsion systems and inboard/outboard engines under the Mercury, Mercury MerCruiser, Mariner, Mercury Racing, Mercury Sport Jet and Mercury Jet Drive, MotorGuide, Axius and Zeus brands; and marine electronics and control integration systems, steering systems, instruments, controls, propellers, trolling motors, fuel systems, service parts and marine lubricants under the Quicksilver, Mercury Precision Parts, Mercury Propellers, Attwood, Land `N' Sea, Kellogg Marine Supply, Diversified Marine Products, Sea Choice and MotorGuide brands, as well as supplies integrated diesel propulsion systems.

This segment serves independent boat builders and end-users as well as local, state and foreign governments through a network of marine dealers and distributors, specialty marine retailers and marine service centers.

The company's Boat segment manufactures and markets a range of boats as well as yachts under the Sea Ray, Bayliner, Meridian, Boston Whaler, Lund, Crestliner, Cypress Cay, Harris FloteBote, Lowe and Princecraft brands.

Its Fitness segment provides cardiovascular fitness equipment such as treadmills, total body cross-trainers, stair climbers and stationary exercise bicycles; and strength-training equipment to health clubs, corporations, schools and universities, hotels, professional sports teams and the military and governmental agencies under the Life Fitness and Hammer Strength brands.

The company's Bowling and Billiards segment offers capital equipment, bowling balls and aftermarket products; bowling consumer products; various gaming tables as well as game room furniture and related accessories under the Brunswick and Contender brands; and operates 88 bowling centers in the U.S. and Canada.

Brunswick was founded in 1845 and is headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill.

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

"We rate BRUNSWICK CORP (BC) 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 increase in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels 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."

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

10. Wolverine World Wide  (WWW)
Segment: Apparel & Footwear

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 non-footwear products including Hush Puppies apparel, eyewear, watches, socks, handbags and plush toys; Wolverine brand eyewear 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; and through its wholesale and retail operations and licensees and distributors internationally.

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

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

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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. Compass Diversified Holdings (CODI)
Segment: Equipment & Facilities

Compass Diversified Holdings is a private equity firm specializing in acquisitions, buyouts and middle market investments.

It seeks to invest in manufacturing, distribution, consumer products and business services sectors. The firm prefers to invest in companies based in North America. It seeks to invest between $100 million and $500 million in companies with cash flows between $10 million and $450 million, enterprise values between $100 million and $500 million and an Ebitda between $8 million and $50 million. It seeks to acquire controlling ownership interests in its portfolio companies and can also make additional platform acquisitions. The firm invests through its balance sheet.

It operates as a subsidiary of The Compass Group LLC.

Compass Diversified Holdings was founded in 2005 and is based in Westport, Conn.

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

"We rate COMPASS DIVERSIFIED HOLDINGS (CODI) 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

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

8. Columbia Sportswear (COLM)
Segment: Apparel & Footwear

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 used during various outdoor activities such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking, climbing, mountaineering, camping, hunting, fishing, trail running, water sports and 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 8 branded retail stores and four ecommerce Web sites in the U.S.; seven outlet retail stores and two branded retail stores in various locations in Western Europe; and two outlet retail stores in Canada, as well as 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

7. Jarden (JAH)
Segment: Apparel & Footwear

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 fresh 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

6. Under Armour  (UA)
Segment: Apparel & Footwear

Under Armour, together with its subsidiaries, 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 the extremes. 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 Web site.

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

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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

5. Finish Line  (FINL)
Segment: Apparel & Footwear

The Finish Line., together with its subsidiaries, 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 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 stores 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, Ind.

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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

4. V.F. Corp. (VFC)
Segment: Apparel & Footwear

V.F. Corp. designs, manufactures or sources from independent contractors various apparel and footwear products primarily in the U.S. and Europe.

The company offers outdoor apparel, footwear and equipment, sports and adventure footwear and apparel, handbags, luggage, backpacks, accessories, merino wool socks, women's activewear, 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, as well as sells through company operated stores and e-commerce sites.

V.F. Corporation 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

3. Foot Locker  (FL)
Segment: Apparel & Footwear

Foot Locker, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of athletic footwear and apparel.

The company operates in two segments, Athletic Stores and Direct-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 Web sites, catalogs and mobile devices.

The company also provides franchise licenses to open and operate its Foot Locker stores in the Republic of 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, N.Y.

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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

2. Walt Disney Co. (DIS)
Segment: Content Distributors

The Walt Disney Company operates as an entertainment company worldwide.

The company operates in five segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, Consumer Products and Interactive.

The Media Networks segment operates broadcast and cable television networks, domestic television stations and radio networks and stations; and is involved in the television production and television distribution operations. Its cable networks include ESPN, Disney Channels Worldwide, ABC Family and SOAPnet as well as UTV/Bindass. This segment owns eight domestic television stations.

The Parks and Resorts segment owns and operates the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida that includes theme parks; hotels; vacation club properties; a retail, dining and entertainment complex; a sports complex; conference centers; campgrounds; golf courses; water parks; and other recreational facilities. This segment also operates Disneyland Resort in California; Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii; Disney Vacation Club, Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney; and Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Shanghai Disney Resort as well as licenses the operations of Tokyo Disneyland Resort.

The Studio Entertainment segment produces and acquires live-action and animated motion pictures, direct-to-video content, musical recordings and live stage plays.

The Consumer Products segment licenses trade names, characters and visual and literary properties to retailers, show promoters and publishers; publishes entertainment and educational books, magazines, comic books; and operates English language learning centers. This segment is involved in the retail and online distribution of products through the Disney Store and DisneyStore.com.

The Interactive segment creates and delivers entertainment and lifestyle content across interactive media platforms.

The company was founded in 1923 and is based in Burbank, Calif.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates DISNEY (WALT) CO as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate DISNEY (WALT) CO (DIS) 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth 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: DIS Ratings Report

1. Nike  (NKE)
Segment: Apparel & Footwear

NIKE, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, markets and sells athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for men, women and kids worldwide.

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 kids 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; and markets apparel with licensed college and professional team and league logos.

Further, it sells a line of performance equipment including bags, socks, sport balls, eyewear, timepieces, digital devices, bats, gloves, protective equipment, golf clubs and other equipment under the NIKE brand name for sports activities; various plastic products to other manufacturers; 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 (direct to consumer operations); 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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