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Traders talk retail stocks ahead of earnings

The "Halftime Report" closed the show with their top trades ahead of big retail earnings reports.

Jim Lebenthal is watching Wal-Mart, Tiffany, and Staples for more clarity on the overall sector.

Pete Najarian likes Dick's Sporting Goods and he thinks they can knock their earnings out of the park.

Steve Weiss is waiting to hear about the health of the consumer from Wal-Mart and Home Depot.

Josh Brown thinks Foot Locker is an exciting stock.

Trader disclosure: On August 17, 2015, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC's "Fast Money" were owned by the "Halftime Report" traders: PETE NAJARIAN: Long AMAT, AAPL, BAC, BMY, BP, CSX, DISCA, DKS, FOXA, GE, KKR, KO, LLY, MRK, PEP, PFE, he is long calls AAPL, ABX, AMKR, BBY, BEE, BHP, CRM, CSX, CY, DAL, DVN, ETFC, EXC, FB, HIG, LC, LM, LULU, MU, P, PG, PNR, RAD, RF, SYY, UAL, UPS, VLO, VZ, WFC, WYNN, XLF, VLO, ZIOP, he is long puts AUY, CTL, FCX, RIG. JOSH BROWN: Long AAPL, BABA, DE, DNKN, EBAY, FSLR, JMBA, PYPL, SAM, SHAK, SPWR, TWTR, XLE, XON. STEVE WEISS: Long AAL, BAC, C, LPLA, NCR, RHHBY, SCHW, ZTS. JIM LEBENTHAL: Long AAPL, BP, C, CSCO, DCO, EEQ, GAIA, GM, IBM, INTC, JCP, MPC, OA, ORBC, PFE, QCOM, SJT, SPLS, TGT, TIF, TRN, VDSI, WGO.