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 - Alibaba Group (NYSE:BABA)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.0
Ratings Breakdown: 29 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 1 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $212.31 (6.7% Upside)

Alibaba Group logoAlibaba Group Holding Limited is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the Company is engaged in online and mobile commerce through offering of products, services and technology that enable merchants, brands and other businesses to transform the way they market, sell and operate in the People's Republic of China (China) and internationally. Its businesses consist of core commerce, cloud computing, mobile media and entertainment, and other innovation initiatives. Through investee affiliates, it also participates in the logistics and local services sectors. Retail commerce in China operated by the Company includes the China online commerce destination (Taobao Marketplace); the China third-party platform for brands and retailers (Tmall), and the sales and marketing platform for flash sales (Juhuasuan). Wholesale commerce in China operated by the Company includes the China domestic wholesale marketplace (1688.com) and the wholesale marketplace for global trade (Alibaba.com).

#2 - Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.0
Ratings Breakdown: 47 Buy Ratings, 3 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $1,472.13 (-7.2% Upside)

Amazon.com logoAmazon.com, Inc. offers a range of products and services through its Websites. The Company operates through three segments: North America, International and Amazon Web Services (AWS). The Company's products include merchandise and content that it purchases for resale from vendors and those offered by third-party sellers. It also manufactures and sells electronic devices. The Company, through its subsidiary, Whole Foods Market, Inc., offers healthy and organic food and staples across its stores. The Company also offers a range of products like whole trade bananas, organic avocados, organic large brown eggs, organic responsibly-farmed salmon and tilapia, organic baby kale and baby lettuce, animal-welfare-rated 85% lean ground beef, creamy and crunchy almond butter, organic gala and fuji apples, organic rotisserie chicken.

#3 - Stamps.com (NASDAQ:STMP)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.0
Ratings Breakdown: 5 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $247.00 (23.7% 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.

#4 - Secoo (NASDAQ:SECO)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.0
Ratings Breakdown: 1 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $18.00 (60.0% Upside)

Secoo logoSecoo Holding Limited is an online integrated platform company. The Company offers an integrated online and offline shopping platform, which consists of its Secoo.com Website, mobile applications and offline experience centers. The Company offers a range of products including watches, bags, clothing, footwear, jewelry, accessories, menswear, children's wear, sportswear, cosmetics and skin care, automobile, home goods, lifestyle services, lifestyle services and high-end Chinese original products. The Company's online platform facilitates easy product selection, order processing and convenient payment methods, such as Secoo Check, which allows customers to make payments for its merchandise products in installments on its online platform directly.

#5 - XCel Brands (NASDAQ:XELB)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.0
Ratings Breakdown: 3 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $4.67 (35.3% Upside)

XCel Brands logoXcel Brands, Inc. is a brand development and media company. The Company is engaged in the design, production, licensing, marketing, and direct to consumer sales of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home goods, and other consumer products, and the acquisition of consumer lifestyle brands. The Company's brand portfolio consists of the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston, C Wonder and Highline Collective brands. The Company also manages and designs the Liz Claiborne New York brand (LCNY Brand). Isaac Mizrahi has over 150 different product categories, including sportswear, footwear, handbags, watches, eyewear, fragrance, tech accessories, intimates, bridal gowns and accessories, pet products, home and other merchandise. The Company's Judith Ripka is a luxury jewelry brand. Wonder brand offers women's clothing, footwear, jewelry and accessories; housewares, and home decor and gifts. The Liz Claiborne New York includes women's apparel, footwear, outerwear and accessories.

#6 - IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ:IAC)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.9
Ratings Breakdown: 17 Buy Ratings, 2 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $163.89 (-0.4% 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.

#7 - McDonald's (NYSE:MCD)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 24 Buy Ratings, 5 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $183.89 (15.4% Upside)

McDonald's logoMcDonald's Corporation (McDonald's) operates and franchises McDonald's restaurants. The Company's restaurants serve a locally relevant menu of food and drinks sold at various price points in over 100 countries. The Company's segments include U.S., International Lead Markets, High Growth Markets, and Foundational Markets and Corporate. The U.S. segment focuses on offering a platform for authentic ingredients that allows customers to customize their sandwiches. Its High Growth Markets segment includes its operations in markets, such as China, Italy, Korea, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands and related markets. The International Lead markets segment includes the Company's operations in various markets, such as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and related markets. The Foundational markets and Corporate segment is engaged in operating restaurants and increasing convenience to customers, including through drive-thru and delivery.

#8 - Booking (NASDAQ:BKNG)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 21 Buy Ratings, 7 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $2,040.27 (-4.6% Upside)

Booking logoBooking Holdings Inc, formerly The Priceline Group Inc., is a provider of travel and restaurant online reservation and related services. The Company, through its online travel companies (OTCs), connects consumers wishing to make travel reservations with providers of travel services across the world. It offers consumers an array of accommodation reservations (including hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels, apartments, vacation rentals and other properties) through its Booking.com, priceline.com and agoda.com brands. Its other brands include KAYAK, Rentalcars.com and OpenTable, Inc. (OpenTable). As of December 31, 2016, Booking.com offered accommodation reservation services for over 1,115,000 properties in over 220 countries and territories on its various Websites and in over 40 languages, which included over 568,000 vacation rental properties (updated property counts were available on the Booking.com Website).

#9 - Home Depot (NYSE:HD)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 21 Buy Ratings, 6 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $194.02 (9.0% 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.

#10 - 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: $17.29 (-6.6% 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.

#11 - Cars.com (NYSE:CARS)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.7
Ratings Breakdown: 2 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $34.50 (16.1% Upside)

Cars.com logoCars.com Inc. owns a digital automotive marketplace business (Cars.com). Cars.com is an online research destination for car shoppers. The Company is engaged in the sale of online subscription advertising products targeting car dealerships. It offers a suite of products and services targeting the automotive needs of its buyer and seller customers. Cars.com offers a digital automotive marketplace search engine that helps car buyers to make informed purchasing decisions and helps sellers to engage with a portion of their target customer base. This online automotive marketplace service connects buyers and sellers across five Websites: Cars.com, Auto.com, DealerRater.com, NewCars.com and PickupTrucks.com. Its automotive marketplace products also include credible user and automotive and dealer reviews. It is also engaged in the sale of display advertising to national advertisers. Car buyers and car owners interface with Cars.com primarily through the Cars.com sites and mobile applications.

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

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.0
Ratings Breakdown: 10 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $68.78 (59.7% Upside)

Dave & BusterDave & 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 December 5, 2017, it owned and operated 105 stores in 36 states and Canada. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

#13 - Burlington Stores (NYSE:BURL)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.0
Ratings Breakdown: 16 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $130.20 (1.5% Upside)

Burlington Stores logoBurlington Stores, Inc. is a retailer of branded apparel. As of January 28, 2017, the Company operated 592 retail stores, inclusive of an Internet store, in 45 states and Puerto Rico. Its product categories include coats, women, men, juniors, girls, boys, shoes, handbags and accessories, beauty and fragrance, home and toys. The product categories for coats include women's coats and jackets, men's coats and jackets, juniors coats and jackets, girls coats and jackets, boy's coats and jackets, baby girl coats and jackets, and baby boy coats and jackets. The product categories for women include active wear, bottoms, coats and jackets, dresses, tops, scrubs, suit and suit separates, sweaters, swimwear and cover-ups. It also includes accessories, beauty and fragrance, handbags, jewelry, shoes and watches. The product categories for men include accessories, active wear, casual button down shirts, dress shirts, men's coats jackets, fleece, graphic tees, hoodies and sweatshirts, and jeans.

#14 - Liberty Interactive QVC Group (NASDAQ:QRTEA)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.7
Ratings Breakdown: 8 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 1 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $32.13 (19.1% Upside)

Liberty Interactive QVC Group 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.

#15 - Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.7
Ratings Breakdown: 19 Buy Ratings, 7 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $190.17 (1.5% Upside)

Costco Wholesale logoCostco Wholesale Corporation is engaged in the operation of membership warehouses in the United States and Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Japan, Australia, Spain, and through its subsidiaries in Taiwan and Korea. As of August 28, 2016, the Company operated 715 warehouses across the world. The Company's average warehouse space is approximately 144,000 square feet. The Company's warehouses on average operate on a seven-day, 70-hour week. The Company offers merchandise in various categories, which include foods (including dry foods, packaged foods and groceries); sundries (including snack foods, candy, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, and cleaning supplies); hardlines (including appliances, electronics, health and beauty aids, hardware, and garden and patio); fresh foods (including meat, produce, deli and bakery); softlines (including apparel and small appliances), and other (including gas stations and pharmacy).

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