People watch stocks for different reasons -- they're waiting for a dip in price, watching for a specific catalyst, gathering all the news and information that might affect stocks they already own, or considering a sell. Regardless of their motivation, we can better understand market sentiment by seeing who's watching what. With the Fool's free My Watchlist service, we have tens of thousands of people telling us the businesses that have, for whatever reason, piqued their interest.

The most-watched specialty retailer is ...
Looking at the aggregate data, we see that Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) is above the rest in terms of watch interest, the percentage of people keeping an eye on specialty retailers in general who are specifically watching each company. And for good reason. As CAPS player cdubey wrote in June:

Buying because

- Undervalued relative to the industry P/S=0.27 and P/E=10 with PEG=0.8

- Very good balance sheet. 1.2b cash and 0.7b long term debt.

- Good insider holding of 17%.

- Good executive compensation practice

Here are the rest of the top 15 most-watched companies in the industry with their watch interest along with the stocks' CAPS rating to show the sentiment of our investing community.

 

Company

Market Cap (millions)

CAPS Rating

Watch Interest

1

Best Buy

$11,898

**

10.2%

2

Home Depot (NYSE: HD)

$58,308

***

8.9%

3

Ascena Retail

$2,731

***

8.6%

4

Lowe's (NYSE: LOW)

$30,742

***

5.6%

5

hhgregg (NYSE: HGG)

$524

***

3.8%

6

The TJX Companies

$21,298

****

3.7%

7

GameStop (NYSE: GME)

$3,798

**

2.3%

8

Tractor Supply

$5,181

***

2.2%

9

Guess?

$4,069

****

1.9%

10

Aeropostale (NYSE: ARO)

$1,481

****

1.9%

11

Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS)

$1,063

*

1.8%

12

Gap

$10,447

**

1.8%

13

Select Comfort

$1,034

**

1.7%

14

Lumber Liquidators

$513

****

1.7%

15

Bed Bath & Beyond

$14,860

**

1.7%

Source: Motley Fool, Motley Fool CAPS.

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The Motley Fool owns shares of Guess?, Lumber Liquidators, Best Buy, GameStop, Gap, and Aeropostale. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of hhgregg, Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Best Buy, Lumber Liquidators, Lowe's, and Select Comfort. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended writing covered calls in Lowe's Companies. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended creating a modified stock repair position in Guess?. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended writing covered calls in GameStop. Motley Fool newsletter services formerly recommended Best Buy. 

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