8 Retail Stocks to Own For the Long Haul in 2018

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There are more than 500 national retailers traded on the NYSE and the NASDAQ. Given the sheer number of big box stores, warehouse clubs, restaurant chains and other retail stores listed on public markets, it can be hard to identify which retailers are going to outperform the market.

Fortunately, some of Wall Street's top analysts have already done most of the work for us.

Every year, analyst issue approximately 4,200 distinct recommendations for retail companies. Analysts may not always get their "buy" ratings right, but it's worth taking a hard look when several analysts from different brokerages and research firm are giving "strong buy" and "buy" ratings to the same retailer.

This slide show lists the 8 retail companies that have the highest average analyst recommendations from Wall Street's equities research analysts over the last 12 months.

#1 - Liberty Interactive Co. - Series A Liberty Ventures (NASDAQ:LVNTA)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.0
Ratings Breakdown: 4 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $71.75 (23.7% Upside)

Liberty Interactive Co. - Series A Liberty Ventures logoLiberty Interactive Corporation (Liberty) owns interests in subsidiaries and other companies, which are engaged in the video and online commerce industries. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, the Company operates in North America, Europe and Asia. Its businesses and assets include its consolidated subsidiaries QVC, Inc. (QVC), Backcountry.com, Inc. (Backcountry), Bodybuilding.com, LLC (Bodybuilding), CommerceHub and Evite, Inc. (Evite) and its equity affiliates Expedia, Inc. (Expedia), HSN, Inc. (HSN), FTD Companies, Inc. (FTD), Interval Leisure Group, Inc. (Interval Leisure Group) and LendingTree, Inc. (LendingTree). QVC markets and sells a variety of consumer products through live televised shopping and via its Websites and other media, including QVC.com. Backcountry is an e-retailer for outdoor adventure, cycling, action sports and motorcycle gear and clothing. Bodybuilding is an Internet retailer of sports, fitness, and nutritional supplements.

#2 - Stamps.com (NASDAQ:STMP)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.0
Ratings Breakdown: 6 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $217.00 (12.6% Upside)

Stamps.com logoStamps.com Inc. is a provider of Internet-based mailing and shipping solutions in the United States. The Company offers mailing and shipping products and services to its customers under the Stamps.com, Endicia, ShipStation, ShipWorks and ShippingEasy brands. It operates through the Internet Mailing and Shipping Services segment. Under the Stamps.com and Endicia brands, customers use its United States Postal Service (USPS) only solutions to mail and ship a range of mail pieces and packages through the USPS. USPS mailing and shipping solutions enable users to print electronic postage directly onto envelopes, plain paper, or labels using only a standard personal computer, printer and Internet connection. The Company offers USPS mailing and shipping services, multi-carrier shipping services, mailing and shipping services, branded insurance and international postage solutions. The Company offers customized postage under the PhotoStamps and PictureItPostage brand names.

#3 - Boot Barn (NYSE:BOOT)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 6 Buy Ratings, 2 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $14.13 (-26.6% Upside)

Boot Barn logoBoot Barn Holdings, Inc. is a lifestyle retailer of western and work-related footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and children. The Company's stores are located in or near neighborhood shopping centers with trade areas of approximately five or more miles, and it has opened stores in malls and outlet center locations. The Company's stores average an area of approximately 11,490 square feet and feature an assortment of brands and styles. It also carries assortments of denim, western shirts, cowboy hats, belts and belt buckles, western-style jewelry and accessories. The Company's western assortment includes various brands, such as Ariat, Dan Post, Justin, Levi Strauss, Lucchese, Miss Me, Montana Silversmiths, Resistol and Wrangler. Its work assortment includes rugged footwear, outerwear, overalls, denim and shirts. Its other brands include Carhartt, Georgia, Timberland Pro and Wolverine. As of September 12, 2017, the Company operated 218 stores in 31 states.

#4 - Camping World (NYSE:CWH)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.0
Ratings Breakdown: 11 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $45.55 (0.6% Upside)

Camping World logoCamping World Holdings, Inc. is a provider of a portfolio of services, protection plans, products and resources for recreational vehicle (RV) enthusiasts. The Company operates through two segments: Consumer Services and Plans, and Retail. Within the Consumer Services and Plans segment, the Company derives revenue from the sale of the offerings, including emergency roadside assistance; property and casualty insurance programs; travel assist programs; extended vehicle service contracts; co branded credit cards; vehicle financing and refinancing; club memberships, and publications and directories. Within the Retail segment, it derives revenue from the sale of the products, including new vehicles; used vehicles; parts and service, including RV accessories and supplies, and finance and insurance. The Company provides its offerings through its two brands: Good Sam and Camping World. Its Camping World brand operates a network of RV centric retail locations in the United States.

#5 - IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ:IAC)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.9
Ratings Breakdown: 18 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $143.21 (6.3% Upside)

IAC/InterActiveCorp logoIAC/InterActiveCorp (IAC) is a media and Internet company. The Company's brands include HomeAdvisor, Vimeo, Dictionary.com and Match Group's online dating portfolio, which includes Tinder, PlentyOfFish and OkCupid. Its segments include Match Group, HomeAdvisor, Video, Applications and Publishing. Match Group includes the dating and non-dating businesses of Match Group, Inc. HomeAdvisor is a home services digital marketplace that helps connect consumers with home professionals in North America, as well as in France, the Netherlands and Italy under various brands. Its Video consists of Vimeo, Electus, CollegeHumor, Notional, IAC Films and Daily Burn. Applications consists of Consumer, which include its direct-to-consumer downloadable desktop applications, Apalon, which houses its mobile applications and SlimWare, and Partnerships, which includes its business-to-business partnership operations. Publishing consists of Premium Brands business, and Ask & Other business.

#6 - Dave & Buster's Entertainment (NASDAQ:PLAY)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.0
Ratings Breakdown: 10 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $70.67 (47.5% Upside)

Dave & Buster's Entertainment logoDave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc. owns and operates entertainment and dining venues for adults and families in North America. Its venues offer a menu of ‘Fun American New Gourmet’ entrées and appetizers, as well as a selection of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages; and an assortment of entertainment attractions centered on playing games and watching live sports, and other televised events. The company operates its venues under the Dave & Buster’s name. As of June 6, 2017, it owned and operated 99 stores located in 34 states and Canada. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

#7 - First Bank (NASDAQ:FRBA)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.0
Ratings Breakdown: 2 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $14.50 (0.0% Upside)

First Bank logoFirst Bank is a commercial bank. The Company provides a range of lending, deposit and other financial products and services. It operates through Community Banking segment, which is engaged in providing a range of commercial and retail and related banking services. It offers a range of lending products to meet the needs of its customers located within its market areas, including commercial and industrial loans, commercial real estate loans (including owner-occupied, investor, and multi-family loans), residential real estate loans, and consumer and other loans. It offers a range of deposit instruments, including non-interest bearing demand deposits, interest bearing demand accounts, money market accounts, savings accounts and certificates of deposit. It operates 14 branches located in Cranbury, Denville, Ewing, Flemington, Hamilton, Lawrence, Somerset, Randolph and Williamstown, New Jersey, and Trevose, Doylestown, Warminster, Bensalem and Levittown in Bucks County.

#8 - Home Depot (NYSE:HD)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.7
Ratings Breakdown: 20 Buy Ratings, 6 Hold Ratings, 1 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $184.12 (-6.3% Upside)

Home Depot logoThe Home Depot, Inc. (The Home Depot) is a home improvement retailer. The Company sells an assortment of building materials, home improvement products, and lawn and garden products, and provides various services. The Home Depot stores serves three primary customer groups: do-it-yourself (DIY) customers, do-it-for-me (DIFM) customers and professional customers. Its DIY customers are home owners purchasing products and completing their own projects and installations. The Company assists these customers with specific product and installation questions both in its stores and through online resources and other media designed to provide product and project knowledge. Its DIFM customers are home owners purchasing materials themselves and hiring third parties to complete the project or installation. Professional Customers are primarily professional renovators/remodelers, general contractors, repairmen, installers, small business owners and tradesmen.

#9 - Kirkland's (NASDAQ:KIRK)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.3
Ratings Breakdown: 4 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $13.50 (9.1% Upside)

Kirkland's logoKirkland's, Inc. is a specialty retailer of home decor and gifts in the United States. The Company's merchandise categories include wall decor, art, mirrors, lamps, decorative accessories, accent furniture, textiles, fragrance and accessories, frames, housewares, impulse and personal accessories, outdoor living and artificial floral products. The Company's stores also offer a range of holiday merchandise during seasonal periods, as well as items carried throughout the year suitable for gift-giving. The Company's average stores generally carry approximately 4,700 Stock Keeping Units (SKUs). The Company's stores operate under various names, such as Kirkland's, Kirkland's Home, Kirkland's Home Outlet, Kirkland's Outlet and The Kirkland Collection. It operates approximately 380 stores in over 30 states, as well as an e-commerce enabled Website, www.kirklands.com. Its stores' locations include Texas, Florida, California, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, Arizona, Virginia and Ohio.

#10 - Meta Financial Group (NASDAQ:CASH)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.0
Ratings Breakdown: 4 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $115.00 (10.8% Upside)

Meta Financial Group logoMeta Financial Group, Inc. is a unitary savings and loan holding company. The Company operates through its banking subsidiary, MetaBank (the Bank). Its segments include Payments, Banking, and Corporate Services/Other. MetaBank is both a community-oriented financial institution offering a range of financial services to meet the needs of the communities it serves and a payments company providing services on a nationwide basis. It operates in both the banking and payments industries through MetaBank, its retail banking operation; Meta Payment Systems (MPS), its electronic payments division; AFS/IBEX Financial Services Inc. (AFS/IBEX), its insurance premium financing division, and Refund Advantage, EPS Financial, LLC (EPS) Financial and Specialty Consumer Services, its tax-related financial solutions divisions.

#11 - National Retail Properties (NYSE:NNN)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.0
Ratings Breakdown: 5 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $49.00 (22.7% Upside)

National Retail Properties logoNational Retail Properties, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company acquires, owns, invests in and develops properties that are leased primarily to retail tenants under long-term net leases and are primarily held for investment. As of December 31, 2016, it owned 2,535 properties with an aggregate gross leasable area of approximately 27,204,000 square feet, located in 48 states. The Company focuses on investing in a range of property and tenant types; leases, mortgages and other types of real estate interests; loans secured by personal property; loans secured by partnership or membership interests in partnerships or limited liability companies, and securities of other REITs, or other issuers, including for the purpose of exercising control over such entities. The Company owns a portfolio of freestanding retail stores across the United States. It owns approximately 2,290 stores, which are leased to over 400 tenants in approximately 40 different retail categories.

#12 - At Home Group (NYSE:HOME)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.7
Ratings Breakdown: 5 Buy Ratings, 2 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $28.50 (-13.0% Upside)

At Home Group logoAt Home Group, Inc. is a home decor superstore. The Company is focused on providing a range of assortment of products for any room, in any style, for any budget. As of July 30, 2016, the Company offered over 50,000 stock keeping units (SKUs) throughout its stores. As of July 30, 2016, the Company's store base is consisted of 115 format stores across 29 states and 65 markets, averaging approximately 120,000 square feet per store.

#13 - Burberry Group (OTCMKTS:BURBY)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.5
Ratings Breakdown: 3 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 1 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $26.00 (5.1% Upside)

Burberry Group logoBurberry Group plc, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, and sells luxury goods under the Burberry brand for men, women, and children. The company operates in two segments, Retail/Wholesale and Licensing. It offers product in the categories of apparel; accessories, such as women's handbags and small leather goods; and beauty, as well as eyewear and watches. The company also licenses third parties to manufacture and distribute products using the Burberry trademarks. It markets its products through Burberry mainline stores, concessions, outlets, digital commerce, Burberry franchisees, department stores, and multi-brand specialty accounts, as well as an online platform Burberry.com; and third-party wholesale customers, instore and online. The company operates 209 mainline stores, 200 concession stores, 60 outlets, and 48 franchise stores. It operates in the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, India, Africa, and the Americas. Burberry Group plc was founded in 1856 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

#14 - Conn's (NASDAQ:CONN)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 4 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $37.80 (1.7% Upside)

Conn's logoConn's, Inc. is a specialty retailer that offers a selection of consumer goods and related services in addition to a credit solution for its core credit constrained consumers. The Company operates through two segments: retail and credit. The Retail segment includes product categories, such as furniture and mattress, including furniture and related accessories for the living room, dining room and bedroom; home appliance, including refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, dishwashers and ranges; Consumer electronics, including liquid-crystal-display (LED), organic LED (OLED), Ultra high definition (HD) and Internet-ready televisions, and home office, including computers, printers and accessories. Its credit segment provides short- and medium-term financing for its retail customers. Its credit offering provides financing solutions to credit constrained consumers having limited banking options. The Company operates its business through its retail stores and Website.

#15 - Liberty Interactive (NASDAQ:QVCA)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 7 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 1 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $31.17 (16.1% Upside)

Liberty Interactive logoLiberty Interactive Corporation owns interests in subsidiaries and other companies, which are primarily engaged in the video and online commerce industries. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, the Company operates in North America, Europe and Asia. Its principal businesses and assets include its subsidiaries QVC, Inc. (QVC), zulily, llc (zulily) and and Evite, Inc. (Evite). The Company's segments include QVC, zulily, and Corporate and other. Evite is an online invitation and social event planning service on the Web. As of December 31, 2016, QVC marketed and sold a range of consumer products primarily through live merchandise-focused televised shopping programs distributed to approximately 362 million households each day and through its Websites, including QVC.com, and other interactive media, such as mobile applications. Zulily's merchandise includes women's, children's and men's apparel, children's merchandise and other products, such as kitchen accessories and home decor.







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