8 Best Stocks to Buy for a Black Friday Boom

Halloween decorations are coming down, and the 2017 holiday shopping season is starting to ramp up, meaning it's once again time to put retail stocks on your radar.

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Halloween decorations are coming down, and the 2017 holiday shopping season is starting to ramp up, meaning it's once again time to put retail stocks on your radar. While most people will be eyeing the circulars stuffing their mailboxes and newspapers in search of the best prices for toys, electronics and apparel, investors will see a different angle — opportunities to take a compelling position in retailers, preferably before Black Friday gets here.

While long-term investors normally shouldn't care much about a Christmastime trade, consider this:

The current state of the industry has been brutal for some retailers, but it also has become an opportunity for survivors of the so-called retail apocalypse. Turnarounds are in view for a few of these stocks, and the upcoming busy shopping season may be more than grounds for a quick trade — they may cement some turnaround efforts into place. For other solid retailers, this year's November and December shopping mania could confirm these outfits are as strong as investors already think they are.

Take a closer look at these eight retail stocks to buy before Black Friday. Their fortunes could improve soon after this year's shopping bonanza.

Data is as of Oct. 31, 2017. Year-to-date returns include dividends. Click on ticker-symbol links in each slide for current share prices and more.

James Brumley
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com
James Brumley is a former stock broker, registered investment adviser and Director of Research for an options-focused newsletter. He's now primarily a freelance writer, tapping more than a decade's worth of broad experience to help investors get more out of the market. With a background in technical analysis as well as fundamental analysis, James touts stock-picking strategies that combine the importance of company performance with the power of stock-trade timing. He believes this dual approach is the only way an investor has a shot at consistently beating the market. James' work has appeared at several websites including Street Authority, Motley Fool, Kapitall and Investopedia. When not writing as a journalist, James works on his book explaining his multi-pronged approach to investing.