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EBay Inc (EBAY): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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.

eBay ( EBAY) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, eBay rose 74 cents (1.6%) to $47.26 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11.2 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $46.23-$47.53 after having opened the day at $46.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.52. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Schiff Nutrition International ( SHF), up 29%, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), up 19.7%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), up 12%, and Coastal Contacts ( COA), up 7.1%.

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eBay Inc. provides online platforms, services, and tools to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $60.13 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 53.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 20 analysts that rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 18.8%, Best Buy ( BBY), down 9.8%, Gaiam Inc. Class A ( GAIA), down 7.2%, and ValueVision Media ( VVTV), down 7%, were all laggards within the retail industry with Bed Bath & Beyond ( BBBY) being today's retail industry laggard.

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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