Brazilian Distribution Company

(

CBD

) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1%. By the end of trading, Brazilian Distribution Company fell 71 cents (-1.8%) to $39.58 on average volume. Throughout the day, 713,182 shares of Brazilian Distribution Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 575,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $38.80-$40.66 after having opened the day at $40.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.29. Other company's within the Retail industry that declined today were:

Talbots

(

TLB

), down 9.9%,

Alon Holdings Blue Square - Israel

(

BSI

), down 4.5%,

Cache

(

CACH

), down 3.6%, and

Ingles Markets

(

IMKTA

), down 3%.

Companhia Brasileira de Distribuic o engages in the retail of food and non-food products to individual consumers through its chain of hypermarkets, supermarkets, specialized and department stores, and the Internet. Brazilian Distribution Company has a market cap of $10.48 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 48.5, above the average retail industry P/E ratio of 26.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Brazilian Distribution Company a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brazilian Distribution Company as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

Bon-Ton Stores

(

BONT

), up 18.2%,

Pacific Sunwear

(

PSUN

), up 8.9%,

China Nepstar Chain Drugstore

(

NPD

), up 6.5%, and

Schiff Nutrition International

(

WNI

), up 6.5%, were all gainers within the retail industry with

Amazon.com

(

AMZN

) 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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