Consumers are gearing up for the holiday season while retail stocks continue to rise. Several companies have continued to impress investors in 2015, but 7 retail stocks stand out among the rest.
1. Wayfair, Inc. (NYSE:W)
Wayfair is an online home goods retailer that has, until this week, surpassed expectations all year long. A fast-growing company, the company’s stock a year ago on October 20, 2014 was selling at $30.02 a share. On October 20, 2015, the company stock is selling at $43.29 a share.
2. Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)
Amazon stock has grown dramatically in the last year. Selling for $306.21 a share a year ago, the company’s stock is selling at $561.39 a share. Analysts expect Amazon’s stock to rise further following the holiday season.
3. Express, Inc. (NYSE:EXPR)
Express continues to grow and operates over 640 stores throughout the world. The company’s stock is up 1.48% on the day, trading at $19.26 a share. The company started the year selling at just over $14 a share. Express is considered a strong buy and a smart investment for the long-term.
4. JCPenney Co. Inc. (NYSE:JCP)
JCPenney has been struggling to keep up in a very competitive market. The department store fell from grace in 2011 when the stock was valued at over $32 a share. The company’s stock dropped dramatically to $6 a share to start the year. Cutting costs and expanding offerings has allowed the company to rebound stocks, which are currently priced at $9.76 a share.
5. Costco Wholesale Corporation (NYSE:COST)
Costco continues to impress investors as the company grows in profitability. The wholesale giant’s stock started the year and $128.42 a share. Stock prices have since risen to $154.02 a share, up .54% on the day. The company is expected to release their fiscal quarter earnings on December 9, 2015.
6. AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO)
AutoZone is an American store that specializes in automotive parts. Operating over 5,200 stores across the world, the company stock has been on the rise the entire year. Based on current data, as of October 20, 2015, the company’s stock is selling at $743.29 a share. In comparison, AutoZone’s stock was selling at $517 a share a year ago.
AutoZone is considered one of the greatest stocks of the decade. In 2011, the company stock was valued at $234 a share. Continually rising, AutoZone is unmatched in the industry and is expected to remain as the dominant force in the aftermarket automotive parts industry.
7. Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR)
Kroger stock has been on a rollercoaster in 2015, but remains one of the best retail stocks to buy. The company stock opened at $26 a share just a year ago and is now selling at $37.83 a share. The stock is currently considered a buy by analysts and is considered a better buy than Albertson’s.
Several retail giants have fallen in 2015. Walmart stores Inc. (WMT) is perhaps the biggest shocker of them all. The world’s biggest retailer has seen its stock price drop to $58.81 a share, down from $90 a share in January. The company is preparing an overhaul and has halted planned stores in an attempt to cut back on costs.