Stocks for your shopping list

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Thanks to an improving job market, rising wages and lower oil prices, the 2015 holiday-shopping season should be particularly jolly, says Marshal Cohen of market-research company The NPD Group.

Two companies that you might want to put on your investment wish list are Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL; Price: $115.00) and Hasbro (Nasdaq: HAS; Price: $74.65), three analysts tell us.

Jaime Katz, who is an equity analyst at Morningstar, likes the strength of Hasbro’s toy brands—including Star Wars and Transformers—as well as Hasbro’s commitment to return cash to shareholders through stock buybacks and dividend increases, which she believes will continue.

Apple is expected to do well during the holidays with the Apple Watch and its newest smartphones, says Grant Perry, who is the founder of independent financial adviser Pine-hurst Capital.