3 Retail Stocks Pushing Industry Growth

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 70 points (-0.4%) at 16,940 as of Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,489 issues advancing vs. 1,550 declining with 137 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. A company within the industry that fell today was Ross Stores ( ROST), up 1.5%.

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

3. Luxottica Group SpA ( LUX) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry higher today. As of noon trading, Luxottica Group SpA is up $0.37 (0.7%) to $51.26 on light volume. Thus far, 7,912 shares of Luxottica Group SpA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 58,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.26-$51.56 after having opened the day at $51.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.89.

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Luxottica Group S.p.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides luxury and sports eyewear worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Manufacturing and Wholesale Distribution, and Retail Distribution. Luxottica Group SpA has a market cap of $24.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 5.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Luxottica Group SpA a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Luxottica Group SpA as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Luxottica Group SpA Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD) is up $2.62 (6.0%) to $46.29 on average volume. Thus far, 402,312 shares of Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 623,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.84-$46.70 after having opened the day at $46.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.67.

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Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao is engaged in the retail of food, clothing, home appliances, electronics, and other products in Brazil. It operates in four segments: Retail, Home appliances, Cash & Carry, and E-commerce. Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao has a market cap of $11.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, poor profit margins and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Kroger ( KR) is up $0.33 (0.6%) to $53.21 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Kroger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.13-$53.63 after having opened the day at $53.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.88.

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The Kroger Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer worldwide. The company also manufactures and processes food for sale in its supermarkets. It operates retail food and drug stores, multi-department stores, jewelry stores, and convenience stores. Kroger has a market cap of $25.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 33.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Kroger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kroger as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Kroger Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the retail industry could consider SPDR S&P Retail ETF ( XRT) while those bearish on the retail industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

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