25 Retail Stocks to Consider for Your Stock Portfolio

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The retail industry is perhaps the predominant business sector in the world. Walmart (WMT) , for example, is ranked No. 1 on Forbes' "Global 500" for 2014, with revenue of $476.3 billion in 2013. As big as Walmart is, it's just a small piece of the retail trade pie. In 2012, total retail sales in the U.S. reached nearly $4.87 trillion, according to census.gov. That number was more than twice the $2.01 trillion in retail sales reported 20 years earlier in 1992. Clearly, it's an industry that continues to experience rapid growth.

Approximately two-thirds of GDP in the U.S. come from retail consumption, according to about.com. However, aside from a handful of powerhouse players such as Walmart and Macys (M) , the vast majority of individual retail companies are populated with a myriad of smaller players.

The retail industry can be defined or subcategorized in many different ways. We define it as businesses involved in selling finished products and merchandise to the consuming public. These include stores that sell clothing, food and beverage, electronics and appliances, health and personal care items, sporting goods, furniture and other general merchandise.

What follows are 25 of the biggest publicly traded retail 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.

25. Restoration Hardware (RH)
Segment: Home Furnishings

Restoration Hardware, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the sale of home furnishings. Its product categories include furniture, lighting, textiles, bathware, decor, outdoor and garden, tableware, and children's furnishings.

The company sells its products through its stores and catalogs, as well as through its Web sites, such as restorationhardware.com, rh.com, and rhbabyandchild.com.

As of Feb. 1, 2014, it operated 70 retail stores consisting of 62 Galleries, five full-line Design Galleries, and three Baby & Child Galleries, as well as 17 outlet stores in the U.S. and Canada.

The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Corte Madera, Calif.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates RESTORATION HARDWARE HLDNGS as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate RESTORATION HARDWARE HLDNGS (RH) 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 robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall."

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

24. Mattress Firm (MFRM)
Segment: Home Furnishings

Mattress Firm, through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of mattresses, and related products and accessories in the U.S.

The company offers conventional mattresses; specialty mattresses, such as Tempur-Pedic and viscoelastic foam mattresses; and furniture and accessories, including bed frames, mattress pads, and pillows.

As of March 13, 2014, it operated and franchised approximately 1,300 company-operated and franchised stores across 33 states under the Mattress Firm name.

The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Houston.

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23. L Brands (LB)
Segment: Jewelery & Fashion

L Brands operates as a specialty retailer of women's intimate and other apparel, beauty and personal care products, and accessories.

The company operates in two segments, Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works. Its products include loungewear, bras, panties, sleepwear, swimwear, athletic attire, fragrances, shower gels and lotions, aromatherapy, soaps and sanitizers, home fragrances and personal care accessories.

The company offers its products under the Victoria's Secret, Pink, Bath & Body Works, La Senza, Henri Bendel, C.O. Bigelow, White Barn Candle Company, and other brand names. L Brands sells its merchandise through company-owned specialty retail stores in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., which are primarily mall-based; through its Web sites and catalogs; and through franchises, licenses, and wholesale partners.

As of Feb. 1, 2014, the company operated 2,648 retail stores in the U.S.; 270 retail stores in Canada; and five retail stores in the U.K. It also operated 331 La Senza stores in 30 countries; 55 Bath & Body Works stores in 14 countries; four Victoria's Secret stores in two Middle Eastern countries; and 198 Victoria's Secret Beauty and Accessories stores, and various small-format locations in approximately 60 countries.

The company was formerly known as Limited Brands, Inc. and changed its name to L Brands, Inc. in March 2013. It was founded in 1963 and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

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

"We rate L BRANDS INC (LB) 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, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall."

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

22. Zumiez (ZUMZ)
Segment: Apparel & Footwear

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 in the U.S., 29 in Canada, and 14 in Europe under the Zumiez and Blue Tomato names; and 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

21. PVH (PVH)
Segment: Apparel & Footwear

PVH operates as an apparel company in the U.S. and internationally.

It is engaged in the design, marketing, and retail of branded dress shirts, neckwear, sportswear, swim products, footwear, athletic apparel, body wear, eyewear, sunwear, 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 its own brands, such as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, IZOD, ARROW, Warner's, Olga, and Eagle; licensed brands comprising 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; and trademarks, as well as various other licensed and private label brands. It 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

20. Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS)
Segment: Specialty Stores

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

The company provides hard lines 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 Web sites, and 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 Goods was founded in 1948 and is headquartered in Coraopolis, Pa.

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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

19. PriceSmart (PSMT)
Segment: Departmental Store

PriceSmart, together with its subsidiaries, owns and operates membership shopping warehouse clubs in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Its warehouse clubs sell perishable foods and consumer products to individuals and businesses and offers ancillary services, which include food courts and tire and photo centers.

The company operates its warehouse clubs under the PriceSmart brand name.

As of Oct. 30, 2013, it operated 32 warehouse clubs, including six in Costa Rica; four each in Panama and Trinidad; three each in Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia; two each in El Salvador and Honduras; and one each in Aruba, Barbados, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

PriceSmart, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in San Diego.

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

"We rate PRICESMART INC (PSMT) 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. 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: PSMT Ratings Report

18. Urban Outfitters (URBN)
Segment: Apparel & Footwear

Urban Outfitters, a lifestyle specialty retail company, is engaged in the retail and wholesale of general consumer products.

The company operates in two segments, Retail and Wholesale.

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 to young adults aged 18 to 28. The Anthropologie stores' product assortment includes women's casual apparel and accessories, shoes, home furnishings, and various gifts and decorative items to women aged 28 to 45.

Its Free People stores primarily offer a merchandise mix of casual women's apparel, intimates, shoes, accessories, and gifts to young women aged 25 to 30; Terrain stores provide lifestyle home and garden products combined with antiques, live plants, flowers, wellness products, and accessories, as well as landscape and design services; and Bhldn stores sell a collection of wedding gowns, bridesmaid frocks, party dresses, assorted jewelry, headpieces, footwear, lingerie and decorations.

The Terrain stores also offer a full-service restaurant and coffee bar services.

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.

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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

17. 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 Company 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, 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; 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

16. Movado (MOV)
Segment: Jewelery & Fashion

Movado designs, sources, markets and distributes fine watches.

The company operates in two segments, Wholesale and Retail.

It offers its watches under the Coach, Concord, Ebel, ESQ, Scuderia Ferrari, HUGO BOSS, Juicy Couture, Lacoste, Movado and Tommy Hilfiger brands to jewelry store chains, department stores, independent regional jewelers, licensed partner retail stores and a network of independent distributors. The company also provides after-sales and shipping service.

In addition, it operates retail outlet stores. As of Jan. 31, 2014, the company operated approximately 35 retail outlet stores.

It operates in the U.S., Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East. The company was formerly known as North American Watch Corporation and changed its name to Movado Group, Inc. in 1996.

Movado was founded in 1961 and is based in Paramus, N.J.

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

"We rate MOVADO GROUP INC (MOV) 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, reasonable valuation levels 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: MOV Ratings Report

15. Tractor Supply (TSCO)
Segment: Specialty Stores

Tractor Supply operates retail farm and ranch stores in the U.S.

It offers a selection of merchandise, including equine, livestock, pet, and animal products, such as items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; hardware, truck, towing, and tool products; seasonal products comprising lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; work/recreational clothing and footwear products; and maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

The company operates its retail stores under the names Tractor Supply and Del's Feed & Farm Supply. It also operates a Web site at TractorSupply.com.

As of Dec. 28, 2013, it operated 1,276 retail farm and ranch stores in 48 states. The company sells its products to recreational farmers, ranchers, tradesmen and small businesses.

Tractor Supply was founded in 1938 and is based in Brentwood, Tenn.

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

"We rate TRACTOR SUPPLY CO (TSCO) 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. 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: TSCO Ratings Report

14. 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 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 temperatures. 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. It also sells directly to consumers through a network of brand and factory house stores, and its 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

13. Dollar General (DG)
Segment: Departmental Stores

Dollar General, a discount retailer, provides merchandise products in the U.S.

The company offers consumable products, including paper and cleaning products, such as paper towels, bath tissues, paper dinnerware, trash and storage bags, and laundry and other home cleaning supplies; packaged food products comprising cereals, canned soups and vegetables, condiments, spices, sugar and flour; perishables consisting of milk, eggs, bread, frozen meals, beer, and wine; snacks, such as candy, cookies, crackers, salty snacks and carbonated beverages; pet products comprising pet supplies and pet food; tobacco products; and health and beauty products, including over-the-counter medicines, as well as personal care products, such as soap, body wash, shampoo, dental hygiene and foot care products.

It also offers seasonal products, including decorations, toys, batteries, small electronics, greeting cards, stationery, prepaid phones and accessories, gardening supplies, hardware, automotive and home office supplies; and home products comprising kitchen supplies, cookware, small appliances, light bulbs, storage containers, frames, candles, craft supplies and kitchen, bed and bath soft goods.

In addition, the company provides apparel for infants, toddlers, girls, boys, women and men, as well as socks, underwear, disposable diapers, shoes and accessories.

As of June 9, 2014, it operated approximately 11,000 stores located in 40 states. The company was formerly known as J.L. Turner & Son, Inc. and changed its name to Dollar General Corp. in 1968.

Dollar General Corporation was founded in 1939 and is based in Goodlettsville, Tenn.

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

"We rate DOLLAR GENERAL CORP (DG) 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, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income 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: DG Ratings Report

12. Dollar Tree (DLTR)
Segment: Departmental Stores

Dollar Tree operates discount variety stores in the U.S. and Canada.

Its stores offer merchandise at the fixed price of $1.00. The company's stores provide consumable merchandise, which includes candy and food, and health and beauty care products; and everyday consumables, such as paper and chemicals, and frozen and refrigerated food.

Its stores also offer various merchandise that include toys, durable housewares, gifts, party goods, greeting cards, softlines and other items; and seasonal goods consisting of Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas merchandise.

The company operates its stores under the names of Dollar Tree, Deal$, Dollar Tree Deal$, Dollar Tree Canada, Dollar Giant and Dollar Bills. It operates approximately 5,080 stores.

The company was founded in 1986 and is based in Chesapeake, Va.

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

"We rate DOLLAR TREE INC (DLTR) 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, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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: DLTR Ratings Report

11. 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, Inc. 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

10. Genesco (GCO)
Segment: Apparel & Footwear

Genesco is engaged in retail and wholesale 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 that provide footwear and accessories for men, women and younger children. It 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. The Schuh Group also is involved in e-commerce.

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 is engaged in Johnston & Murphy retail, catalog and e-commerce, and wholesale distribution operations. Its stores provide 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 the Republic of 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

9. Ross Stores (ROST)
Segment: Departmental Stores

Ross Stores, together with its subsidiaries, operates off-price retail apparel and home fashion stores under the Ross Dress for Less and dd's DISCOUNTS brand names in the U.S.

The company primarily offers apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions.

Its Ross Dress for Less stores sell its products at everyday savings of 20% to 60% off department and specialty store regular prices, primarily to middle-income households. The dd's DISCOUNTS stores sell products discounted 20% to 70% from moderate department and discount store regular prices. It's target market is moderate-income households.

As of May 3, 2014, it operated 1,172 store locations in 33 states, the District of Columbia and Guam. Ross Stores was founded in 1957 and is headquartered in Dublin, Calif.

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

"We rate ROSS STORES INC (ROST) 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

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

8. Nordstrom (JWN)
Segment: Apparel & Footwear

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 including the online private-sale subsidiary, HauteLook, the Nordstrom.com Web site and catalogs.

As of July 30, 2014, this segment operated 271 stores, including 117 full-line stores, 151 Nordstrom Racks, two Jeffrey boutiques, and one clearance store in 36 states.

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, Inc. 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

7. The TJX Companies (TJX)
Segment: Departmental Stores

The TJX Companies operates as an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the U.S. and internationally.

The company operates in four segments: Marmaxx, HomeGoods, TJX Canada and TJX Europe.

Its apparel and home fashions chains sell family apparel, including footwear and accessories; fine jewelry and accessories; and home fashions comprising home basics, accent furniture, lamps, rugs, wall decor, decorative accessories and gifts.

The company operates its stores under the T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, Winners, HomeSense, T.K. Maxx and Sierra Trading Post trademarks. The TJX Companies also sells its products through tjmaxx.com and SierraTradingPost.com in the U.S., as well as through tkmaxx.com in Europe. As of Feb. 1, 2014, it operated 1,079 T.J. Maxx, 942 Marshalls, 450 HomeGoods and four Sierra Trading Post stores in the U.S; 227 Winners, 91 HomeSense, and 27 Marshalls stores in Canada; and 371 T.K. Maxx and 28 HomeSense stores in Europe. The company was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in Framingham, Mass.

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

"We rate TJX COMPANIES INC (TJX) 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

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

6. V.F. (VFC)
Segment: Apparel & Footwear

V.F. 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. It also 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 sells products through company-operated stores and e-commerce sites.

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

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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

5. Costco Wholesale (COST)
Segment: Departmental Stores

Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates membership warehouses.

The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories.

It offers candy, snack foods, tobacco, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, and cleaning and institutional supplies; appliances, electronics, health and beauty aids, hardware, office supplies, cameras, garden and patio, sporting goods, toys, seasonal items, and automotive supplies; dry and institutionally packaged foods; apparel, domestics, jewelry, house wares, media, home furnishings and small appliances; and meat, bakery, deli and produce.

The company also operates gas stations, pharmacies, food courts, optical dispensing centers, one-hour photo centers, hearing aid centers and travel businesses.

In addition, it provides business and gold star (individual) membership services. As of March 6, 2014, it operated 649 warehouses, including 462 warehouses in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, 87 in Canada, 33 in Mexico, 25 in the U.K., 18 in Japan, 10 in Taiwan, nine in Korea and five in Australia.

Costco Wholesale also sells its products online.

The company was founded in 1976 and is based in Issaquah, Wash.

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

"We rate COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP (COST) 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, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

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

4. 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, SIX:02, 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 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.

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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

3. Lowe's Companies  (LOW)
Segment: Home Furnishings

Lowe's Companies operates as a home improvement retailer.

It offers products for maintenance, repair, remodeling and home decorating.

The company provides home improvement products under the categories of kitchens and appliances; lumber and building materials; tools and hardware; fashion fixtures; rough plumbing and electrical; lawn and garden; seasonal living; paint; home fashions, storage, and cleaning; flooring; millwork; and outdoor power equipment.

It also offers installation services through independent contractors in various product categories; repair services; and MyLowes, an online tool that manages, maintains and enhances homes.

The company serves homeowners and renters including do-it-yourself customers and do-it-for-me customers; and professional customers comprising construction trade, as well as maintenance, repair and operations.

As of May 2, 2014, it operated 1,836 home improvement and hardware stores in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The company also offers its products through Web sites such as Lowes.com, Lowes.ca, and ATGstores.com. Lowe's Companies was founded in 1946 and is based in Mooresville, N.C.

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

"We rate LOWE'S COMPANIES INC (LOW) 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."

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2. The Home Depot (HD)
Segment: Home Furnishings

The Home Depot operates as a home improvement retailer.

The Home Depot stores sell various building materials, home improvement products, and lawn and garden products. It also provides installation, home maintenance and professional service programs to do-it-yourself, do-it-for-me and professional customers.

The company offers installation programs that include flooring, cabinets, countertops, water heaters and sheds. It also acts as a contractor to provide installation services to its do-it-for-me customers through third-party installers.

It primarily serves professional remodelers, general contractors, repairmen, small business owners and tradesmen.

The company also sells its products online. As of March 13, 2014, it operated 2,263 retail stores in the U.S., the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico.

The Home Depot was founded in 1978 and is based in Atlanta.

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

"We rate HOME DEPOT INC (HD) 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, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: HD 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 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 Web sites; and a mix of independent distributors and licensees.

NIKE, Inc. 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."

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