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14 Specialty Retail Stocks to Buy Now

SAH, ABG, ULTA, CATO, ANN, SSI, CHS, PLCE, GCO, BBBY, ZUMZ, SCVL, FINL, BKS improve in weekly rankings

   

The grades of 14 Specialty Retail stocks are on the rise this week on Portfolio Grader. Each of these stocks is rated an “A” (“strong buy”) or “B” overall (“buy”).

Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH) is making progress this week as its rating of C (“hold”) from last week increases to a B (“buy”) rating this week. Sonic sells new and used cars and light trucks, sells replacement parts, provides vehicle maintenance, warranty, paint and repair services, and arranges related financing and insurance. In Portfolio Grader’s specific subcategory of Earnings Momentum, SAH also gets an A. SAH shares have increased 6.9% over the past month, better than the S&P 500′s 3.7% increase for the same period. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of SAH stock.

This week, Asbury Automotive (NYSE:ABG) is making solid headway. The company’s rating improves to an A (“strong buy”) from last week’s B (“buy”) rating. Asbury Automotive is an automotive retailer in the United States. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of ABG stock.

Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance (NASDAQ:ULTA) shows solid improvement this week. The company’s rating rises from a B to an A. Ulta is a beauty retailer that provides salon products and salon services. The stock price has risen 5.1% over the past month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of ULTA stock.

This is a strong week for Cato Corp. (NYSE:CATO). The company’s rating climbs to B from the previous week’s C. Cato Corporation operates stores in the southeastern United States that sell women’s clothing and accessories. Shares of the company have risen 4.2% since last month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of CATO stock.

This week, Ann Inc.‘s (NYSE:ANN) ratings are up from a C last week to a B. Ann sells women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories. Investors seem to agree with the upgraded status of the stock, and have pushed the stock up 31.7% over the past month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of ANN stock.

Stage Stores‘s (NYSE:SSI) gets a higher grade this week, advancing from a C last week to a B. Stage Stores operates a specialty department store retailer that offers moderately-priced brand-name and private-label apparel, accessories, cosmetics and footwear for men, women and children. Investors have pushed the stock price up 10.4% over the past month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of SSI stock.

Chico’s (NYSE:CHS) boosts its rating from a C to a B this week. Chico’s is a national specialty retailer of private branded clothing, intimates, accessories, and other non-clothing gift items. Wall Street has pushed the stock higher by 14.3% over the past month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of CHS stock.

The rating of Children’s Place Retail Stores (NASDAQ:PLCE) moves up this week, rising from a B to an A. Children’s Place Retail Stores is a specialty retailer of infant and children’s apparel and accessories. Wall Street seems to agree with the upgrade and has propelled the stock up 9.8% over the past month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of PLCE stock.

Genesco (NYSE:GCO) earns an A this week, jumping up from last week’s grade of B. Genesco retails branded footwear, licensed and branded headwear, and wholesales branded footwear. Investors have pushed the stock price up 14% over the past month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of GCO stock.

Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ:BBBY) improves from a C to a B rating this week. Bed Bath & Beyond sells an assortment of domestic merchandise and home furnishings. Wall Street seems to agree with the upgrade and has propelled the stock up 7.5% over the past month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of BBBY stock.

This week, Zumiez (NASDAQ:ZUMZ) pushes up from a B to an A rating. Zumiez is a specialty retailer of action sports related apparel, footwear, equipment and accessories through stores mainly in shopping malls across the United States and Canada. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of ZUMZ stock.

Shoe Carnival (NASDAQ:SCVL) is seeing ratings go up from a C last week to a B this week. Shoe Carnival is a family footwear retailer. Over the past month, SCVL shares are up 5.5%. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of SCVL stock.

This is a strong week for Finish Line (NASDAQ:FINL). The company’s rating climbs to B from the previous week’s C. Finish Line is a specialty retailer of men’s, women’s and children’s brand name athletic and leisure footwear, activewear, and accessories. FINL shares are up 7.6% from a month ago. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of FINL stock.

Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS) shows solid improvement this week. The company’s rating rises from a C to a B. Barnes & Noble sells various books, magazines, gifts, music, and movies direct to customers. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of BKS stock.

Louis Navellier’s proprietary Portfolio Grader stock ranking system assesses roughly 5,000 companies every week based on a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. Stocks are given a letter grade based on their results — with A being “strong buy,” and F being “strong sell.” Explore the tool here.


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