The Best Retail Stocks to Buy (and to Avoid) Right Now

It can be difficult to know what to do any time the market is mostly going sideways like it is right now, but the retail space is even more confusing than usual at the moment.

Retail sector numbers are out this week, and they're a bit... contradictory. Sales are overall up by .4% over the past month, which is positive, but it's also only about half of what analysts expected. But if you leave out auto and gas sales, it's exactly the reverse - sales growth is three times what analysts projected.

So there's some indication that the American consumer, and the economy overall, is still chugging along here. But consumer sentiment, as measured by the Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index (MCSI) is looking pretty ugly right now, driven mostly by fears of an impending recession.

So consumers are worried about a recession... but they're spending money anyway. So sales are growing... but not as fast as they could be. What gives?

And you can see that confusion manifesting in how retail stocks are performing right now. Some household names that reported decent earnings are taking a hit anyway. Others that you wouldn't expect to perform well when people are worried about a recession are taking off. It's wild out there, plain and simple.

That's why I wanted to take the opportunity this week to do a deep dive into big retail names and break them down for you one by one. I've got a review on seven of the largest retail companies in the world, including, Inc. (AMZN), Target Corp (TGT), and others, and trust me - you're going to be surprised at which of these are a great buy right now and which you want to avoid like the plague.

Check out the video for the full breakdown:

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Shah Gilani boasts a financial pedigree unlike any other. He ran his first hedge fund in 1982 from his seat on the floor of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange. When options on the Standard & Poor's 100 began trading on March 11, 1983, Shah worked in "the pit" as a market maker.

The work he did laid the foundation for what would later become the VIX - to this day one of the most widely used indicators worldwide. After leaving Chicago to run the futures and options division of the British banking giant Lloyd's TSB, Shah moved up to Roosevelt & Cross Inc., an old-line New York boutique firm. There he originated and ran a packaged fixed-income trading desk, and established that company's "listed" and OTC trading desks.

Shah founded a second hedge fund in 1999, which he ran until 2003.

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