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Fresh Market Inc. (TFM): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

Fresh Market ( TFM) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 2%. By the end of trading, Fresh Market fell $2.32 (-4%) to $56.02 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.2 million shares of Fresh Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 992,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $55.56-$58.84 after having opened the day at $58.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.34. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Acorn International ( ATV), down 5.3%, ValueVision Media ( VVTV), down 3.7%, Walgreen Company ( WAG), down 1.9%, and Gaiam Inc. Class A ( GAIA), down 1.8%.

The Fresh Market, Inc. operates as a specialty grocery retailer. Fresh Market has a market cap of $2.84 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 47.3, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 46.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Fresh Market a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fresh Market as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including premium valuation, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Men's Wearhouse ( MW), up 18.7%, Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), up 12.6%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), up 10.1%, and U.S. Auto Parts Network ( PRTS), up 8.1%, were all gainers within the retail industry with CVS Caremark ( CVS) being today's featured retail industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the retail industry could consider SPDR S&P Retail ETF ( XRT) while those bearish on the retail industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

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