Today's Top Performers In Retail

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 4 points (0.0%) at 17,970 as of Thursday, June 25, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,139 issues advancing vs. 1,826 declining with 188 unchanged.

The Retail industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Luxottica Group SpA ( LUX), up 1.6%, and Kroger ( KR), up 1.2%.

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

3. Walgreens Boots Alliance ( WBA) is one of the companies pushing the Retail industry higher today. As of noon trading, Walgreens Boots Alliance is up $0.79 (0.9%) to $86.94 on light volume. Thus far, 952,301 shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.95-$86.96 after having opened the day at $86.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.15.

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Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates a network of drugstores in the United States. It provides consumer goods and services, pharmacy, and health and wellness services through drugstores, as well as through mail, and by telephone and online. Walgreens Boots Alliance has a market cap of $95.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 14.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Walgreens Boots Alliance a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walgreens Boots Alliance as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Walgreens Boots Alliance Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Target ( TGT) is up $0.67 (0.8%) to $85.01 on average volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Target exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.34-$85.19 after having opened the day at $84.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.34.

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Target Corporation operates as a general merchandise retailer in the United States and Canada. Target has a market cap of $54.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 11.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Target a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Target as a buy. 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, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Target Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Home Depot ( HD) is up $0.60 (0.5%) to $112.95 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Home Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $112.60-$113.71 after having opened the day at $113.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $112.35.

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The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $147.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 7.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Home Depot a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

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