Four Retail Stocks That Could Deliver

The retail industry has been under fire lately, grappling with a list of challenges including suffering sales, store closures, and an ever-increasing shift toward e-commerce. In this week’s Forbes, Validea CEO John Reese suggests that battered share prices and historically low valuations in the industry could present opportunities for well-informed investors.

Reese outlines important factors to be considered when examining retail stocks:

  • Comparable store sales
  • Opening and closing of stores
  • E-commerce presence
  • Inventory
  • Gross margins
  • Price-earnings ratio

Using his guru-based screening models, Reese identifies four high-scoring stocks:

G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. (GIII) designs, manufactures and markets a range of company-owned and licensed apparel products. The company is favored for its price-earnings ratio, low leverage and liquidity. Its Price-sales ratio also is favorable.

Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance (ULTA) operates specialty stores selling cosmetics, fragrance, haircare and skincare products, accessories and services, and earns high marks for quarter-over-quarter growth in earnings-per-share, a debt-free balance sheet and favorable return-on-equity.

Foot Locker (FL) is a shoe and apparel retailer the scores highly due to a favorable ratio of price-earnings to earnings-per-share growth as well as modest leverage and attractive average net profit margin.

TJX Companies (TJX) is an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer that gets a thumb’s up based on stable and consistently expanding earnings-per-share, return-on-equity, and the ability to pay off debt with earnings in less than two years.

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