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Sears Holdings Corporation (SHLD): 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.

Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.6%. By the end of trading, Sears Holdings Corporation fell $1.57 (-3.4%) to $44.48 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.1 million shares of Sears Holdings Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $44.12-$46.69 after having opened the day at $46.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.05. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Fresh Market ( TFM), down 12.4%, dELiA*s ( DLIA), down 7.7%, Jos A. Bank Clothiers ( JOSB), down 7.3%, and Coastal Contacts ( COA), down 5.8%.

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Sears Holdings Corporation operates as a specialty retailer in the United States and Canada. The company's Kmart segment operates stores that sell merchandise under Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer labels; and Sears brand products, such as Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard. Sears Holdings Corporation has a market cap of $4.99 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 47.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Sears Holdings Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sears Holdings Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Alon Holdings Blue Square - Israel ( BSI), up 12.6%, Gordman's Stores ( GMAN), up 9%, Express ( EXPR), up 8.9%, and Ann ( ANN), up 8.2%, were all gainers within the retail industry with Amazon.com ( AMZN) 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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