A Rare Gem in the Despised Retail Patch

I can't recall a time when the retail sector was as widely despised as it is right now. Sears (SHLD) and J.C. Penney (JCP) are shadows of their former selves. Target (TGT) has made shocking missteps. This week, shares of Staples (SPLS) and Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS) were crushed after disappointing earnings reports from each name. Shares of the world's biggest retailer, Wal-Mart (WMT), and of the world's biggest online retailer, Amazon (AMZN), are well off their highs. All of the stocks named above are trading beneath their respective 200-day moving averages. As baseball manager Casey Stengel famously asked of his team, the 1962 New York Mets, "Can't anybody here play this game?"

At least one retailer clearly is playing the game well, and that's Dillard's (DDS). On April 29, I featured this stock as part of an eclectic group that had favorable technicals and fundamentals. If you went long on that day, when the stock was trading at $98, I wouldn't blame you if you've taken something off the table now that Dillard's has climbed to $109. However, even after a successful earnings report and subsequent breakout, there is room for the stock to move higher....265 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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