Bed Bath & Beyond

(

BBBY

) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Bed Bath & Beyond fell $1 (-1.6%) to $62.62 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.8 million shares of Bed Bath & Beyond exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $62.40-$63.67 after having opened the day at $63.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.62. Other company's within the Retail industry that declined today were:

Gaiam

(

GAIA

), down 6.5%,

ALCO Stores

(

ALCS

), down 5.3%,

BioScrip

(

BIOS

), down 3.7%, and

Abercrombie & Fitch

(

ANF

), down 3.7%.

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Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail stores. Bed Bath & Beyond has a market cap of $14.32 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.6, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Bed Bath & Beyond a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bed Bath & Beyond as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front,

SUPERVALU

(

SVU

), up 12.6%,

QKL Stores

(

QKLS

), up 4.4%,

Ingles Markets

(

IMKTA

), up 3.8%, and

Christopher & Banks Corporation

(

CBK

), up 3.8%, were all gainers within the retail industry with

Walgreen Company

(

WAG

) being today's featured retail industry leader.

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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