3 Retail Stocks Pushing The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 104 points (-0.6%) at 17,824 as of Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 986 issues advancing vs. 2,035 declining with 119 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Gap ( GPS), up 1.3%, Dollar Tree Stores ( DLTR), up 1.2% and L Brands ( LB), up 0.9%.

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

3. Costco Wholesale ( COST) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry higher today. As of noon trading, Costco Wholesale is up $0.73 (0.5%) to $145.23 on light volume. Thus far, 729,323 shares of Costco Wholesale exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $144.20-$145.84 after having opened the day at $145.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $144.50.

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Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates membership warehouses. The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. Costco Wholesale has a market cap of $64.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Costco Wholesale a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Costco Wholesale as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Costco Wholesale Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Kroger ( KR) is up $1.37 (2.0%) to $69.58 on average volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Kroger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.49-$69.75 after having opened the day at $68.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.21.

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The Kroger Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer in the United States and internationally. It also manufactures and processes food for sale in its supermarkets. Kroger has a market cap of $34.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 9.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Kroger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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, 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. Get the full Kroger Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Lowe's Companies ( LOW) is up $0.36 (0.5%) to $70.79 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.94-$70.87 after having opened the day at $70.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.43.

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Lowe's Companies, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. The company offers products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, and home decorating. Lowe's Companies has a market cap of $67.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Lowe's Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lowe's Companies as a buy. 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 solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Lowe's Companies 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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