Retail is the sector to play if our elected leaders can't reach a deal.
Boston Beer is initiated with a 'neutral,' and Target is downgraded to 'neutral.'
Panera Bread is upgraded to 'outperform,' and Yelp is initiated with a 'market perform.'
Apple, Nordstrom and Carnival offer escapes that won't break the bank.
Store renovations, new brands and pricing promotions will drive customer traffic and ultimately profitability.
Investors haven't been as keen on the sector as value-conscious shoppers.
These niche players are growing fast and strong.
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