Chico's FAS Inc

(

CHS

) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.2%. By the end of trading, Chico's FAS Inc rose 21 cents (2.1%) to $10.15 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 6.9 million shares of Chico's FAS Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $9.75-$10.21 after having opened the day at $9.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.94. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were:

Collective Brands Inc

(

PSS

), up 6.8%,

dELiA*s Inc

(

DLIA

), up 5.7%,

Walgreen Company

(

WAG

), up 4.4%, and

Pacific Sunwear

(

PSUN

), up 3.1%.

Chico's FAS, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing gift items. Chico's FAS Inc has a market cap of $2 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.9, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 17.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chico's FAS as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income 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 negative front,

Gordman's Stores Inc

(

GMAN

), down 7.4%,

Builders FirstSource Inc

(

BLDR

), down 6.9%,

Winn-Dixie Stores Inc

(

WINN

), down 6.5%, and

PC Connection Inc

(

PCCC

), down 6.4%, were all losers within the retail industry with

Home Depot Inc

(

HD

) 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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