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Abercrombie & Fitch Company

(

ANF

) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Abercrombie & Fitch Company rose $0.38 (1.2%) to $32.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,604,642 shares of Abercrombie & Fitch Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,391,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $31.63-$32.37 after having opened the day at $31.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.82. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were:

Vipshop Holdings

(

VIPS

), up 6.7%,

LightInTheBox

(

LITB

), up 5.7%,

BioScrip

(

BIOS

TheStreet Recommends

), up 5.1% and

Pier 1 Imports

(

PIR

), up 5.1%.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of casual apparel for men, women, and kids. It operates through three segments: U.S. Stores, International Stores, and Direct-to-Consumer. Abercrombie & Fitch Company has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 33.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Abercrombie & Fitch Company a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Abercrombie & Fitch Company as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Rite Aid Corporation

(

RAD

), down 10.2%,

Acorn International

(

ATV

), down 6.7%,

Wet Seal

(

WTSL

), down 4.9% and

J.C. Penney

(

JCP

), down 3.6% , were all laggards within the retail industry with

Target

(

TGT

) 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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