This holiday shopping season, some retailers will thrive as consumers search for the best Black Friday deals of 2011, and others will flop thanks to weak consumer spending and a failure to win what few shopping dollars are out there. Smart investors will hold those winners and bail out on the losers.
I watch more than 5,000 publicly traded companies with my Portfolio Grader tool, ranking companies by a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. This week, I’ve got 10 specialty retail stocks to buy.
Here they are, in alphabetical order. Each one of these stocks gets an “A” or “B” according to my research, meaning it is a “strong buy” or “buy.”
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBY) operates more than just Bed Bath & Beyond stores, including Christmas Tree Shops, Harmon and Harmon Face Values and buybuy BABY. In 2011, BBBY stock is up 20%.
Express Inc. (NYSE:EXPR) is a retailer of specialty apparel and accessories for men and women. EXPR rounds out the list with a 12% increase, year-to-date.
Foot Locker Inc. (NYSE:FL) can be found in malls across the U.S. and is a retailer of athletic footwear and apparel. While other retail stocks have had a rough year, FL has steadily climbed 14%.
Limited Brands Inc. (NYSE:LTD) operates numerous retail brands including : Victoria’s Secret, Victoria’s Secret Pink, La Senza, Bath & Body Works, C.O. Bigelow, The White Barn Candle Company and Henri Bendel. LTD stock has jumped 31%, year-to-date.
PetSmart Inc. (NASDAQ:PETM) provides products, services and solutions for pets. PETM has watched its stock price climb 18% since the start of 2011.
Ross Stores Inc. (NASDAQ:ROST) is another retailer of off-price apparel and home accessories stores. Since the start of 2011, ROST has gained 37% compared to a marginal loss by the Dow Jones.
Sally Beauty Holdings Inc. (NYSE:SBH) operates in the United States and distributes professional beauty supplies. SBH stock has posted an impressive gain of 32% since the start of 2011.
Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF) is a retailer of fine jewelry, as any husband reading this list before completing his holiday shopping is probably well aware. A 15% gain in the past 11 months has left shareholders happy with their investment.
TJX Companies (NYSE:TJX) is an international retailer of off-price apparel and home fashions. TJX stock has climbed 33% since the start of 2011, compared to the Dow Jones, which is down slightly in the same time frame.
Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrances Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTA) works primarily with cosmetics, fragrance, haircare and skincare products. ULTA stock has soared an incredible 98%, year-to-date, in a time when many other retailers are sinking.
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