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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Shoe Carnival, Burlington Stores, RH, Target and Boot Barn

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Chicago, IL –November 26, 2019 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Shoe Carnival, Inc. (SCVL - Free Report) , Burlington Stores, Inc. (BURL - Free Report) , RH (RH - Free Report) , Target Corp. (TGT - Free Report) and Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (BOOT - Free Report) .

Here are highlights from Monday’s Analyst Blog:

U.S. Holiday Sales to Cross $1 Trillion for First Time: 5 Picks

Retailers are gearing up for the holiday season, starting late November and stretching until early January. Despite rising tariffs, trade tensions and global economic slowdown, a record number of consumers are expected to splurge.

U.S. holiday retail sales are likely to jump 3.8% year over year to $1.008 trillion this year, the first ever trillion-dollar holiday season, per eMarketer. Last year, holiday retail sales grew 2.4%. Cyber Monday, in particular, is expected to be the biggest online shopping day in history, with sales poised to surpass $10 billion. Black Friday and Thanksgiving Day are also anticipated to witness solid sales.

eMarketer added that in-store sales will increase 2.5% to $872.25 billion during the holiday season compared to last year, while e-commerce sales will climb 13.2% to $135.35 billion. eMarketer principal analyst Andrew Lipsman added that “with fast shipping at a premium during the compressed holiday season, retailers like Amazon have an advantage for online deliveries, while those with advanced click-and-collect operations like Walmart, Target and Best Buy will also get a leg up on the competition.”

The National Retail Federation (NRF), in the meanwhile, has issued an encouraging picture. According to the NRF, holiday retail sales — excluding restaurants, automobile dealers and gasoline stations — are projected to rise 3.8% to 4.2% year over year to a total of $727.9 billion to $730.7 billion.

What’s more, the NRF anticipates online sales growth between 11% and 14% to a total of $162.6-$166.9 billion, up from $146.5 billion reported during the same period last year.

Last but not the least, per Deloitte’s annual holiday retail forecast, holiday sales are expected to increase between 4.5% and 5% this year. Deloitte further forecasts that e-commerce sales during the holiday season will jump 14-18% on a year-over-year basis.

But why are retail sales expected to rise during the holiday season? This is because the economy is still growing albeit at a slower rate and labor market remains healthy. Additionally, consumer confidence remains high, which should boost holiday spending.

Taking the bullish holiday sales trend into account, from retail behemoths to e-commerce giants, all are poised to make a strong year-end rally. But there are five retailers in particular that investors should place their bets on. Take a look —

Shoe Carnival, Inc.operates as a family footwear retailer in the United States. The company currently has a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current-year earnings has climbed 3.6% over the past 60 days. The company’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 17.6%, way higher than the Retail - Apparel and Shoes industry’s projected rise of 0.6%.

Burlington Stores, Inc. operates as a retailer of branded apparel products in the United States. The company currently has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current-year earnings has risen 0.1% over the past 60 days. The company’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 12.3%, higher than the Retail - Discount Stores industry’s estimated rise of 9.7%.

RHoperates as a retailer in the home furnishings. It offers products in various categories, including furniture, lighting, textiles, décor, outdoor and garden, tableware, and child and teen furnishings. RH currently has a Zacks Rank #2. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current-year earnings has moved up 0.6% over the past 60 days. The company’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 26.9%, higher than the Retail - Home Furnishings industry’s projected increase of 3.5%. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Target Corp.operates as a general merchandise retailer in the United States. Target currently has a Zacks Rank #1. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current-year earnings has risen 3.4% over the past 60 days. The company’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 18%, higher than the Retail - Discount Stores industry’s expected growth of 9.7%.

Boot Barn Holdings, Inc., a lifestyle retail chain, operates specialty retail stores in the United States. The company currently sports a Zacks Rank #1. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current-year earnings has moved 6.7% north over the past 60 days. The company’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 30.4%, higher than the Retail - Apparel and Shoes industry’s estimated rise of 0.6%.

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