NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Retailers, restaurants and supermarkets that rely on consumer spending are getting a boost from lower gas prices.
The consumer sector is one of 12 sectors where TheStreet's Jim Cramer thinks investors should put their money. In each of Cramer's 12 sectors, "you can almost throw darts and win with a couple of rare exceptions," he wrote in Here Are 12 Sectors to Bet On on the Real Money Web site.
Cramer identified 15 consumer stocks where "that lower gasoline price is putting money in peoples' pockets and that last decline is going to make this group even hotter than dreamed," he wrote.
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Among Cramer's list are Walmart (WMT) and Target (TGT) , which have been laggards. "I think that they have been stuck in the mud and are now unleashed," Cramer wrote. Other companies included in the list are Best Buy (BBY) , which is "back from the dead," and GoPro (GPRO) "which acted funky after that secondary [offering] but is now roaring," Cramer wrote.
Eight of the 15 stocks Cramer mentions are a part of the S&P Consumer Discretionary Index, which has risen 6.5% this year compared to the broader S&P 500, which is up 12% for the year to date.
We've listed Cramer's picks alongside the TheStreet Ratings, TheStreet's proprietary stock rating tool which projects a stock's total return potential over a 12-month period including both price appreciation and dividends. Based on 30 major data points, TheStreet Ratings uses a quantitative approach to rating stocks. The model is both objective, using elements such as volatility of past operating revenues, financial strength, and company cash flows, and subjective, including expected equities market returns, future interest rates, implied industry outlook and forecasted company earnings.
Cramer's analysis and that of TheStreet Ratings may differ as Cramer may evaluate stocks without regard to time horizon, while TheStreet Ratings uses consensus estimates for the next 12 months only. In addition, changes in TheStreet Ratings may lag Jim Cramer's analysis, as consensus estimates may take some time to change meaningfully.
Check out all of Cramer's picks in the consumer sector.
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