14 Specialty Retail Stocks to Buy Now

by Portfolio Grader | October 31, 2012 6:45 pm

The grades of 14 Specialty Retail stocks are on the rise this week on Portfolio Grader[1]. Each of these stocks is rated an “A” (“strong buy”) or “B” overall (“buy”).

This week, Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH[2]) is showing significant improvement as the company’s rating hops from a C (“hold”) to a B (“buy”). 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. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of SAH stock[3].

This week, Asbury Automotive (NYSE:ABG[4]) is showing good progress as the company’s rating jumps from a B (“buy”) last week to an A (“strong buy”). Asbury Automotive is an automotive retailer in the United States. Shares of ABG have increased 12.8% over the past month, better than the 2% decrease the S&P 500 has seen over the same period of time. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of ABG stock[5].

This is a strong week for Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance (NASDAQ:ULTA[6]). The company’s rating climbs to A from the previous week’s B. Ulta is a beauty retailer that provides salon products and salon services. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of ULTA stock[7].

The rating of Cato Corp. (NYSE:CATO[8]) moves up this week, rising from a C to a B. Cato Corporation operates stores in the southeastern United States that sell women’s clothing and accessories. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of CATO stock[9].

Ann Inc. (NYSE:ANN[10]) earns a B this week, jumping up from last week’s grade of C. Ann sells women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of ANN stock[11].

Stage Stores (NYSE:SSI[12]) improves from a C to a B rating this week. 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. Wall Street has pushed the stock higher by 13.9% over the past month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of SSI stock[13].

Chico’s (NYSE:CHS[14]) gets a higher grade this week, advancing from a C last week to a B. Chico’s is a national specialty retailer of private branded clothing, intimates, accessories, and other non-clothing gift items. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of CHS stock[15].

Children’s Place Retail Stores (NASDAQ:PLCE[16]) boosts its rating from a B to a A this week. Children’s Place Retail Stores is a specialty retailer of infant and children’s apparel and accessories. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of PLCE stock[17].

This week, Genesco‘s (NYSE:GCO[18]) ratings are up from a B last week to a A. Genesco retails branded footwear, licensed and branded headwear, and wholesales branded footwear. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of GCO stock[19].

Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ:BBBY[20]) shows solid improvement this week. The company’s rating rises from a C to a B. Bed Bath & Beyond sells an assortment of domestic merchandise and home furnishings. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of BBBY stock[21].

Zumiez (NASDAQ:ZUMZ[22]) earns a A this week, jumping up from last week’s grade of B. 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[23].

Shoe Carnival (NASDAQ:SCVL[24]) boosts its rating from a C to a B this week. Shoe Carnival is a family footwear retailer. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of SCVL stock[25].

This week, Finish Line (NASDAQ:FINL[26]) pushes up from a C to a B rating. Finish Line is a specialty retailer of men’s, women’s and children’s brand name athletic and leisure footwear, activewear, and accessories. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of FINL stock[27].

Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS[28]) improves from a C to a B rating this week. Barnes & Noble sells various books, magazines, gifts, music, and movies direct to customers. Investors seem to agree with the upgraded status of the stock, and have pushed the stock up 33.3% over the past month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of BKS stock[29].

Louis Navellier’s proprietary Portfolio Grader[1] 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[30].

Endnotes:
  1. Portfolio Grader: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/
  2. SAH: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=SAH
  3. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of SAH stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=SAH
  4. ABG: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=ABG
  5. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of ABG stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=ABG
  6. ULTA: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=ULTA
  7. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of ULTA stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=ULTA
  8. CATO: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=CATO
  9. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of CATO stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=CATO
  10. ANN: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=ANN
  11. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of ANN stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=ANN
  12. SSI: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=SSI
  13. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of SSI stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=SSI
  14. CHS: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=CHS
  15. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of CHS stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=CHS
  16. PLCE: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=PLCE
  17. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of PLCE stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=PLCE
  18. GCO: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=GCO
  19. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of GCO stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=GCO
  20. BBBY: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=BBBY
  21. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of BBBY stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=BBBY
  22. ZUMZ: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=ZUMZ
  23. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of ZUMZ stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=ZUMZ
  24. SCVL: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=SCVL
  25. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of SCVL stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=SCVL
  26. FINL: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=FINL
  27. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of FINL stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=FINL
  28. BKS: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=BKS
  29. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of BKS stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=BKS
  30. here: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/

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