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Zacks Investment Ideas feature highlights: Macy's, Best Buy, JC Penny, Five Below and Conn's



 Zacks Investment Ideas feature highlights: Macy's, Best Buy, JC Penny, Five
                               Below and Conn's

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CHICAGO, Nov. 15, 2013

CHICAGO, Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Zacks Investment Ideas feature
highlights Features: Macy's (NYSE:M -Free Report), Best Buy (NYSE:BBY-Free
Report), JC Penny (NYSE:JCP-Free Report), Five Below (Nasdaq:FIVE-Free Report)
and Conn's (Nasdaq:CONN-Free Report).

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Retailing Round-Up

At the end of the second quarter of 2013, I reviewed a lot of big themes. One
stuck out to me as both a danger and an opportunity. Retailers were telling us
that they saw the second half of the year was going to be challenging.

One of the keywords that tell what is going to happen in the future is the
word "challenging" - and that means it's time to sell. At least it is in the
short run.

Talking It Down

It saying that the second half was a challenging period, they noted that the
potential for government shutdown was high and that the consumer may be tapped
out from expensive oil prices. Both of those ideas led to Wall Street analysts
lowering numbers across the board as expectations fell.

One of those ideas has more or less played out, with about a two week shutdown
and eventual game of kick the can getting played. The other idea has seen a
fairly large decrease in oil prices. Both situations point to a positive
impact on consumer spending when the initial thought was that the consumer was
tapped out.

Recent Strong Reports

Macy's (NYSE:M -Free Report) just reported a solid quarter and that saw the
stock jump by about 10% intraday. Other bigger retailers like Best Buy
(NYSE:BBY-Free Report) and even JC Penny (NYSE:JCP-Free Report) has provided
good data points as well with strong same store sales numbers.

In the coming weeks we will see several other big box and mall anchor stores
reporting earnings. I want to focus on two names that I like that both have
Zacks Ranks of #2 (Buy). That strong rank tells me that analysts have been
raising, not lowering earnings estimates of late. his helps me know that the
experts that follow these stories closely are confident about these names are
earnings in retailers heat up.

Five Below (Nasdaq:FIVE-Free Report) isn't a dollar store, it's more like a $5
store. So there isn't a focus on those $0.60 and $0.70 items that are being
sold for $1. Instead, this retailer is looking at larger average ticket prices
via items that are not likely to be found at the dollar stores.

FIVE has a great history of beating the number. Over the last five quarters,
they have a 100% rate of posting a positive earnings surprise. What's more,
the company has also beat the top line number each instance that there was a
Zacks Consensus Revenue number.

Over the last three months, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2013 has seen a
number of upward revisions. Starting at $0.69 in August, an increase hit in
September taking the number to $0.72. Another penny increase brings us to the
current level of $0.73.

The 2014 estimates look even better. The moved from $0.93 in August to $0.97
in September and another penny higher in October. More recently, the estimate
has ticked higher by another cent to the current level of $0.99. That gives
the stock an implied growth rate of more than 35%.

The company is expected to report earnings on November 25.

Conn's (Nasdaq:CONN-Free Report) is another Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stock that I
like given the improving climate for retailers.

The recent strong news out of Best Buy is something that should also be seen
at Conn's stores as they are core competitors. The stock has also seen a fair
amount of institutional interest over the last few months as well.

CONN has had a good history of beating the number, with four beats in the last
six reports. The other two reports were an inline report and a big miss. That
big miss came last quarter and following the report the stock fell by 22%.

The reason behind the miss was a dramatic increase in the company's credit
profile as a glitch in its software didn't remind its collections department
to call customers that were either due or past due on payments. That issue is
being addressed or has been according to many recent research reports.

The company is expected to report earnings again the first week of December.

Summary

Talking down the markets expectations for the second half has created a very
low bar for retailers to jump over. Sticking with stocks that have a high
Zacks Rank give you the best chance for success as you see the industry
fundamentals improve.

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