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This is Mark Vickery covering for Sheraz Mian, who will be
away on business until the second week of December.
Sure, there were doubters whether starting Black Friday a day
early -- on the actual Thanksgiving holiday, and not waiting
until midnight -- was going to be worthwhile. These people are
now eating crow for breakfast (after turkey all day yesterday).
Starting the retail holiday shopping season on Thanksgiving was
an unmitigated success. For example,
) actually had 41,000 transactions
So expect this as a standard practice for the retail industry
going forward, and perhaps the beginning of Thanksgiving as a
holiday celebrated only by those with enough money to not have to
work on that day. (The lesson here is, clearly: stay in school,
kiddies.) That said, today is still Black Friday, when retailers
across the spectrum see their first overall profits of the
calendar year. How's your retail exposure?
This early period in holiday shopping season is necessarily
skewed toward the big-box retailers, like
), both of which also did well opening their doors on
Thanksgiving. All three of these companies carry a Zacks Rank #3
(Hold); accelerated sales right at this very moment are already
baked into the cake. And
) can also be expected to stay busy for the next several weeks,
and they have Zacks Rank #3s, too.
But here's a list of retailers you may wish to consider, either
to increase your exposure to the retail space or replace some of
your holdings that aren't really bringing home the goods.
Tiffany & Co.
The TJX Companies
) are all Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stocks, and each has received an
upgrade from Hold in the past week. The high-end jeweler, video
game maker and discount department retailer all posted positive
earnings surprises in their most recent quarterly reports, most
notably ATVI's 600% surprise (7 cents vs. 1 cent earnings per
But Northern department store
) and specialty furnishings retailer
) are riding high with Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) designations.
Both have also received upgrades in the past week, and both
expect big numbers in their January quarters. Consider either or
both if you're looking for more "pop" from your holiday shopping