AutoZone Inc

(

AZO

) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 3.4%. By the end of trading, AutoZone Inc fell $3.45 (-1.1%) to $319.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 266,871 shares of AutoZone Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 385,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $318.33-$329.28 after having opened the day at $326.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $322.96. Other company's within the Retail industry that declined today were:

Acorn International Inc

(

ATV

), down 9.6%,

E-Commerce China Dangdang Inc

(

DANG

), down 1.9%,

China Jo-Jo Drugstores Inc

(

CJJD

), down 1.8%, and

Winn-Dixie Stores Inc

(

WINN

), down 1.7%.

AutoZone, Inc. engages in retailing and distributing automotive replacement parts and accessories. AutoZone Inc has a market cap of $12.69 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.3, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates AutoZone as a

buy

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

On the positive front,

BioScrip Inc

(

BIOS

), up 11.8%,

Cost Plus Inc

(

CPWM

), up 10%,

HHGregg Incorporated

(

HGG

), up 9.8%, and

Foot Locker Inc

(

FL

), up 9.2%, were all gainers within the retail industry with

Wal-Mart Stores Inc

(

WMT

) 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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