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Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (BBBY): Today's Featured Retail Winner

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

Bed Bath & Beyond ( BBBY) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Bed Bath & Beyond rose $0.80 (1.1%) to $74.36 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,387,266 shares of Bed Bath & Beyond exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,709,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $73.52-$74.83 after having opened the day at $73.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.56. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Tilly's ( TLYS), up 8.2%, Express ( EXPR), up 6.6%, Conn's ( CONN), up 5.8% and bebe stores ( BEBE), up 5.4%.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail stores. Bed Bath & Beyond has a market cap of $16.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 33.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Bed Bath & Beyond a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bed Bath & Beyond as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Williams-Sonoma ( WSM), down 4.2%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), down 3.8%, Body Central ( BODY), down 3.4% and Tuesday Morning Corporation ( TUES), down 2.6% , were all laggards within the retail industry with J.C. Penney ( JCP) 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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