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Citigroup sees Williams-Sonoma, 5 other retailers having a big holiday shopping season

A shopper at Williams-Sonoma
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Top-rated analyst Kate McShane of Citigroup on Monday released a list of her favorite stock picks for the holiday season, which is the most important time of the year for many retailers.

"Although we have seen somewhat mixed results YTD [year to date] within our broadlines and hardlines coverage, we are cautiously optimistic for Holiday 2016 given the solid macroeconomic backdrop, encouraging spending projections from industry sources and easy compares vs. 2015," wrote McShane in a research note.

McShane's investment recommendations have a 12 percent one-year average return with a 64 percent success rate, according to analyst ranking service TipRanks, placing her in the top 4 percent of all Wall Street analysts covering any industry.