Retailer Roundup: Your Cheat Sheet to the Winning and Losing Stocks

Retail sales data is back in the spotlight. Chain-store sales for the week rose 3% year-over-year and dropped 0.1% week-over-week (source: International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs). Redbook said same-store sales rose 2.4% year-over-year.

Here’s your Cheat Sheet to the current winning and losing stocks:

Walgreen Co. (NYSE:WAG): Loser

Walgreen Co. (NYSE:WAG) is getting slammed today after reporting disappointing earnings. The drugstore’s same-store sales (4.4%) and gross margins did not impress Wall Street. Non-pharmacy sales and prescription same-store sales also missed expectations. The stock is trading down over 6%.

BJ’s Wholesale Club (NYSE:BJ): Winner

BJ’s Wholesale Club (NYSE:BJ) is looking to go private. Private-equity firm Leonard Green & Partners LP is taking a look at the discount retailer’s books. Shares are up over 4% on the news. Competitor Costco Wholesale Corp. (NASDAQ:COST) is basically flat.

Dollar General (NYSE:DG): Winner

Unlike Walgreens, Dollar General (NYSE:DG) announced well received earnings. The discount retailer said quarterly profit more than doubled and the company’s outlook beat Wall Street expectations. Shoppers at Dollar General increased in number and spent more money.

Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN): Winner

Higher-end department store Nordstrom had a more sober 4.8% rise in same-store sales … but that’s still higher than analyst expectations. The company improved revenues 12% to $607 million and investors cheered the stock higher ~4%.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF): Winner

Teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF) is having a great day. Shares are up 2% as investors saw the weekly retail sales data as benefiting Abercrombie. However, competitor Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ:URBN) is down 2%.

J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP): Loser

J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP) is trading down today. Investors may not be confident the department store can pull off a solid Easter season relative to competitors like Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) which Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) upgraded to “Buy” from “Neutral”.