Advance Auto Parts Inc (AAP): Today's Featured Retail Loser - TheStreet

Advance Auto Parts

(

AAP

) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Advance Auto Parts fell 63 cents (-0.9%) to $65.85 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.5 million shares of Advance Auto Parts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $62.78-$66.25 after having opened the day at $65.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.48. Other company's within the Retail industry that declined today were:

Christopher & Banks Corporation

(

CBK

), down 7.8%,

QKL Stores

(

QKLS

), down 6.7%,

dELiA*s

(

DLIA

), down 5.9%, and

Conn's

(

CONN

), down 3.1%.

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Advance Auto Parts, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of automotive aftermarket parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items. It operates in two segments, Advance Auto Parts (AAP), and Autopart International (AI). Advance Auto Parts has a market cap of $4.99 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.2, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Advance Auto Parts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Advance Auto Parts as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,

China Jo-Jo Drugstores

(

CJJD

), up 12.4%,

Pacific Sunwear

(

PSUN

), up 10.3%,

ValueVision Media

(

VVTV

), up 9.4%, and

Tilly's

(

TLYS

), up 6.8%, were all gainers within the retail industry with

Home Depot

(

HD

) being today's featured retail industry winner.

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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