AutoZone

(

AZO

) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, AutoZone fell $3.44 (-0.9%) to $369.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 630,602 shares of AutoZone exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 449,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $369-$373.89 after having opened the day at $370.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $372.84. Other company's within the Retail industry that declined today were:

Duckwall-Alco Stores

(

DUCK

), down 3.7%,

Gordman's Stores

(

GMAN

), down 3.6%,

E-Commerce China Dangdang

(

DANG

), down 3.5%, and

Fred's

(

FRED

), down 2.9%.

AutoZone, Inc. engages in retailing and distributing automotive replacement parts and accessories. AutoZone has a market cap of $14.07 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate AutoZone a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

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 good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front,

Bon-Ton Stores

(

BONT

), up 8%,

HHGregg Incorporated

(

HGG

), up 7.3%,

QKL Stores

(

QKLS

), up 5.4%, and

Cache

(

CACH

), up 5.1%, were all gainers within the retail industry with

Bed Bath & Beyond

(

BBBY

) 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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