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Amazon.com

(

AMZN

) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Amazon.com rose $6.35 (1.8%) to $368.92 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,943,451 shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,734,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $363.30-$369.25 after having opened the day at $364.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $362.57. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were:

Bon-Ton Stores

(

BONT

), up 23.0%,

Vitacost.com

(

VITC

), up 7.8%,

Williams-Sonoma

(

WSM

), up 7.6% and

Cache

(

CACH

), up 6.4%.

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $167.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 1303.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 45.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 24 analysts that rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the negative front,

Liquidity Service

(

LQDT

), down 18.7%,

Stein Mart

(

SMRT

), down 8.2%,

GameStop

(

GME

), down 6.9% and

Dollar Tree Stores

(

DLTR

), down 4.5% , 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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