As the new stimulus bill nears passage, Wall Street sees these retail stocks getting a boost

An employee, right, helps a customer change a license plate bulb outside an AutoZone store in Princeton, Illinois.
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With President Joe Biden expected to sign a Covid-19 stimulus bill this week, Wall Street analysts see certain retail stocks getting a boost from consumers spending the $1,400 payments coming their way.

Brokerages large and small have focused their research on how U.S. consumers spent their prior stimulus checks for hints on how they are likely to use the new round of payments.

Jefferies analyst Janine Stichter recommends investors buy apparel retailer American Eagle Outfitters, a stock she sees rising 12% to $32 from Friday's close just north of $28 per share.