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Take Your Position: Retail Sales

With retailers on deck to release their April sales figures, many investors are hoping the figures will show the consumer is alive and well.

What should you expect?

Warm weather and a desire to refresh wardrobes should have helped U.S. retailers increase sales in April, showing consumers are willing to spend a little more in an improving economy.

Analysts are expecting same-store sales to have risen 1.7 percent in April, compared with a drop of 2.7 percent last year, according to Thomson Reuters data.

That follows a record 9.1 percent rise in March, when consumers moved up spring purchases due to an early Easter holiday. Many industry experts are looking at the combined two-month results as a better gauge of consumer strength.

An April increase would also mark the eighth consecutive month of rising sales after a year's worth of declines as consumers warm up to spending on nonessential items again and retailers craft new strategies to entice shoppers.

What names should you consider?

Stephen Weiss, author of The Billion Dollar Mistake, suggests a long position in Home Depot and Sherwin-Williams .

"6 months from now I believe these stocks will be higher,” he says. "In my view this is the best way to play.”




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