Bed Bath & Beyond Inc

(

BBBY

) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.1%. By the end of trading, Bed Bath & Beyond Inc rose 69 cents (1.1%) to $61.84 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.5 million shares of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $60.56-$62.62 after having opened the day at $60.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.15. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were:

Bidz.com Inc

(

BIDZ

), up 5.8%,

Pier one Imports Inc

(

PIR

), up 4.2%, and

Dollar General Corporation

(

DG

), up 1.8%.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail stores. Bed Bath & Beyond Inc has a market cap of $14.9 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.4, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Pacific Sunwear

(

PSUN

), down 10.1%,

ValueVision Media Inc

(

VVTV

), down 8.9%,

PC Connection Inc

(

PCCC

), down 8.7%, and

Overstock.com Inc

(

OSTK

), down 8.4%, were all losers within the retail industry with

Safeway Inc

(

SWY

) being today's retail industry loser.

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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