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Urban Outfitters Inc. (URBN): 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.

Urban Outfitters ( URBN) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Urban Outfitters fell 43 cents (-1.1%) to $37.30 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.4 million shares of Urban Outfitters exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $37.29-$37.94 after having opened the day at $37.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.73. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Schiff Nutrition International ( SHF), down 5.5%, Alon Holdings Blue Square - Israel ( BSI), down 4.6%, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), down 4.4%, and Builders FirstSource ( BLDR), down 3.3%.

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Urban Outfitters Inc. operates lifestyle specialty retail stores under the Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain, and BHLDN brand names in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Urban Outfitters has a market cap of $5.47 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.1, above the average retail industry P/E ratio of 29.8 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 36.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Urban Outfitters a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Urban Outfitters as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, China Nepstar Chain Drugstore ( NPD), up 5.6%, Brazilian Distribution Company ( CBD), up 4.5%, HHGregg Incorporated ( HGG), up 4.2%, and Bidz.com ( BIDZ), up 4.2%, were all gainers within the retail industry with Bed Bath & Beyond ( BBBY) 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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