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





) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.5%. By the end of trading, Aeropostale rose 20 cents (1.5%) to $13.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.2 million shares of Aeropostale exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $12.86-$13.29 after having opened the day at $12.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.99. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were:




), up 2.3% and




), up 1.5%.

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Aeropostale, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a mall-based specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories. Aeropostale has a market cap of $1.03 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.9, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Aeropostale a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aeropostale as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year.

On the negative front,

PC Connection



), down 7.1%,




), down 6.2%,

Pacific Sunwear



), down 5.5%, and

ALCO Stores



), down 5.5%, were all laggards within the retail industry with

TJX Companies



) being today's retail industry laggard.

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) while those bearish on the retail industry could consider

ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods




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