I love bargain stocks, especially when they're hitting 52-week lows. Still, it can be instructive to also look at stocks that are riding high.

For one thing, they can make good sell candidates. More optimistically, we may be able to find a few companies that can continue their upward climbs.

In this series, I'll be searching industry-by-industry for stocks reaching 52-week highs. That way, we'll be able to make a few quick comparisons among semi-related companies.

There are 24 industry groups as defined by the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS). Retailing is one of them.

Below are the top seven companies in this space (by market cap) that are within spitting distance of their 52-week highs.


Recent Price

52-week Low

52-week High

P/E Ratio (Trailing)

Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN)





Target (NYSE: TGT)





The TJX Companies (NYSE: TJX)





priceline.com (Nasdaq: PCLN)





Bed Bath & Beyond (Nasdaq: BBBY)





AutoZone (NYSE: AZO)





Dollar General (NYSE: DG)





Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Yahoo! Finance.

Amazon.com heads this list of bricks-and-mortar and virtual retailers. Amazon is a company I love, but I've never been able to pull the trigger because of price. Fool co-founder David Gardner would say that a stock like Amazon just doesn't get cheap often because of its growth prospects. Still, I wait for that elusive non-general-market-driven drop for Amazon.

If you're a cheapskate like me, check out the list of 52-week lows in retail. You'll notice Target makes both lists.

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Anand Chokkavelu doesn't own shares of any company mentioned. He posts his favorite articles on his Twitter feed. Amazon.com, Bed Bath & Beyond, and priceline.com are Motley Fool Stock Advisor selections. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.