3 Retail Stocks That Have Soared. Further Gains Might Have to Wait.

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Retail stocks—and earnings—are showing signs of life. But even though it is retail’s busiest season, this isn’t a great time to buy. 

Shares in retail companies, as measured by the

VanEck Retail exchange-traded fund

(ticker: RTH), have gained 15% since late May, their lowest point of the year. The ETF has beaten the

S&P 500

by 12 percentage points over that period.