7 Specialty Retail Stocks to Sell

by Louis Navellier | December 21, 2011 12:41 pm

7 Specialty Retail Stocks to Sell

The holidays are here and Christmas is right around the corner, which means consumers are hitting the malls and hitting them hard. Participating in annual gift-giving is no surprise, but what is surprising is that amid the record-setting 2011 shopping season[1], some companies still are missing the mark for the year.

I watch more than 5,000 publicly traded companies with my Portfolio Grader[2] tool, ranking companies by a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. This week, I’ve got seven specialty retail stocks to sell.

Here they are, in alphabetical order. Each one of these stocks gets a “D” or “F” according to my research, meaning it is a “sell” or “strong sell.”

Aeropostale (NYSE:ARO[3]) sells casual apparel and accessories primarily to teenagers. A 38% drop for ARO stock in 2011 has left shareholders questioning their purchase. ARO stock gets a “D” for sales growth, an “F” for operating margin growth, a “D” for earnings growth and a “D” for earnings momentum in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view the complete analysis of ARO stock[4].

Best Buy (NYSE:BBY[5]) operates retail stores that sell consumer electronics, home office products, entertainment products, appliances and related services. In the last year, BBY stock is down 33%. BBY stock gets a “D” for sales growth, a “D” for operating margin growth, a “D” for earnings growth and a “D” for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view the complete analysis of BBY stock[6].

Guess? (NYSE:GES[7]) is involved with apparel and accessories for men, women and children. GES stock is down 40% in 2011, compared to small gains by the broader markets. GES stock gets a “D” for sales growth, a “D” for operating margin growth, a “D” for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street, a “D” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased during the past month and “D” for cash flow in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view the complete analysis of GES stock[8].

Office Depot (NYSE:ODP[9]) is a global supplier of office products and services. ODP is the biggest loser on this list, down 60% in the past 12 months. ODP stock gets a “D” for sales growth and an “F” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased during the past month in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view the complete analysis of ODP stock[10].

RadioShack (NYSE:RSH[11]) is a retailer of consumer electronics. Year-to-date, RSH stock has shed about half its value, compared to a gain of 5% for the Dow Jones in the same time. RSH stock gets a “D” for sales growth, an “F” for operating margins growth, an “F” for earnings growth, a “D” for earnings momentum, an “F” for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street and an “F” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased during the past month in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view the complete analysis of RSH stock.[12]

Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS[13]) is an office-supply company that serves customers in 26 countries. SPLS stock has dipped nearly 38% since the start of 2011. SPLS stock gets a “D” for sales growth and a “D” for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view the complete analysis of SPLS stock[14].

Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ:URBN[15]) operates under the brands Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain, Leifsdottir and BHLDN. Since the start of 2011, URBN stock has dropped 25%. URBN gets a “D” for operating margin growth, a “D” for earnings growth and a “D” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased during the past month in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view the complete analysis of URBN stock[16].

Get more analysis of these picks and other publicly traded stocks with Louis Navellier’s Portfolio Grader[17] tool, a 100% free stock-rating tool that measures both quantitative buying pressure and eight fundamental factors.

Endnotes:
  1. record-setting 2011 shopping season: http://investorplace.com/2011/11/black-friday-retail-stocks-shld-aapl-bby-amzn/
  2. Portfolio Grader: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/
  3. ARO: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=ARO
  4. For more information, view the complete analysis of ARO stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=aro&submit=submit&type=site
  5. BBY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=BBY
  6. For more information, view the complete analysis of BBY stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=bby&submit=submit&type=site
  7. GES: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GES
  8. For more information, view the complete analysis of GES stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=ges&submit=submit&type=site
  9. ODP: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=ODP
  10. For more information, view the complete analysis of ODP stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=odp&submit=submit&type=site
  11. RSH: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=RSH
  12. For more information, view the complete analysis of RSH stock.: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=rsh&submit=submit&type=site
  13. SPLS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SPLS
  14. For more information, view the complete analysis of SPLS stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=spls&submit=submit&type=site
  15. URBN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=URBN
  16. For more information, view the complete analysis of URBN stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?q=urbn&submit=submit&type=site
  17. Portfolio Grader: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/

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