Jim Cramer -- Best Buy, Kohl's Show Retail Isn't So Horrible

Shares of Best Buy (BBY) are down slightly on Thursday after being volatile in pre-market trading on the company's earnings. 

Comp-store sales results fell 1.7% and revenue declined 4.2% year on year. However, the company topped earnings per share estimates, instituted a $1 billion share repurchase plan, issued a special dividend of 45 cents per share and talked optimistically about a strong second half to 2016. 

On CNBC's "Mad Dash" segment, TheStreet's Jim Cramer, co-manager of the Action Alerts PLUS portfolio, said the earnings were not as bad as many feared. The fact the company is talking about the second half of the year being strong, especially a company that sells smartphones, suggests to him management is being bullish on Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 7, which will likely be announced in September. 

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All in all, the "read-through" from Best Buy is better than expected, he said, while also pointing out that shares of Walmart (WMT) are now above pre-earnings levels, despite what many investors deemed as a "so-called bad quarter."

Cramer turned his attention to Kohl's (KSS). The company topped EPS estimates, reported in-line revenue results and upped its dividend payout more than 11% to 50 cents per share.

The stock now yields 4.4% -- a level that many other stocks have found support at, Cramer said. Kohl's is closing underperforming locations and the stock has gotten oversold, much like Macy's (M) shares. Kohl's "will be okay," and Cramer also expects a rebound in Lowe's (LOW) . 

However, "the standouts right now for retail are Home Depot (HD) and TJX Companies (TJX)," Cramer concluded.

At the time of publication, Cramer's Action Alerts PLUS had a long position in AAPL.

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