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2 Retail Stocks Hit 52-Week Highs: MW, DSG

Tickers in this article: MW DSG

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Shares of Men's Wearhouse (MW) and Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS) hit 52-week highs on Friday.

Both of the stocks are rated buy at TheStreet Ratings .

Men's Wearhouse

The suit retailer is scheduled to report fourth-quarter results on March 7. Analysts, on average, expect a loss of 13 cents a share on revenue of $563.17 million.

"We believe sales in the core business will benefit from new slimmer-fit fashion trends favored by Millennials, which account for 25% of its sales, along with middle-aged consumers," Sterne Agee analysts wrote in a Feb. 1 report. "We believe sales have also been aided by a replenishment cycle now under way in tailored goods. MW continues to have square footage opportunities sized at 25-30 stores per year in the core business, or growth in low single digits."

Shares of Men's Wearhouse hit a 52-week high of $39.82. The stock's 52-week low of $24.50 was set on Oct. 4.

Men's Wearhouse has an estimated price-to-earnings ratio for next year of 15.07; the average for apparel retailers is 17.21. For comparison, Jos. A Bank Clothier and Casual Male Retail Group (CMRG) both have lower forward P/Es of 12.98 and 10.16, respectively.

Eight of the nine analysts who cover Men's Wearhouse rated it buy. One analyst gave it a hold rating.

TheStreet Ratings gives Men's Wearhouse a B+ grade with a $45.11 price target. The stock has risen 22.31% year to date.

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Dick's Sporting Goods

"We believe DKS is poised for a solid 2012 as gross margin expansion opportunities abound. SKU rationalization by Academy Sports, reduced vendor visibility, and active gross margin support from key vendors should all benefit DKS via richer gross margins," Canaccord analysts wrote in a Feb. 7 report. "Based on an average of potential outcomes, we estimate the net EPS benefit to DKS 2012 EPS could approximate $0.13. With favorable comp comparisons and positive margin dynamics, we reiterate our BUY and $50 target."

Shares of Dick's Sporting Goods hit a 52-week high Friday of $45.72. The stock's 52-week low of $29.10 was set on Aug. 9.

Dick's Sporting Goods has a forward P/E of 19.15; the average for specialty retailers is 17.09. For comparison, Big 5 Sporting Goods (BGFV) and GameStop(GME) both have lower forward P/Es of 12.23 and 7.3, respectively.

Sixteen of the 24 analysts who cover Dick's Sporting Goods rated it buy. Seven analysts rated it hold and one rated it sell.

Dick's Sporting Goods gets a B+ grade from TheStreet Ratings with a $58.63 price target. The stock has risen 23.35% year to date.