Costco Wholesale Corporation

(

COST

) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Costco Wholesale Corporation rose $1.28 (1.6%) to $83.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.9 million shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $82.01-$83.66 after having opened the day at $82.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.23. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were:

Acorn International Inc

(

ATV

), up 5.6%,

Home Depot Inc

(

HD

), up 5.3%,

Best Buy Co Inc

(

BBY

), up 5.2%, and

Bidz.com Inc

(

BIDZ

), up 5%.

Costco Wholesale Corporation operates membership warehouses that offer a selection of branded and private label products in a range of merchandise categories in no-frills, self-service warehouse facilities. Costco Wholesale Corporation has a market cap of $35.02 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.5, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Costco Wholesale as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

Susser Holdings Corporation

(

SUSS

), down 9.5%,

Dillards Inc

(

DDS

), down 6.8%,

Bon-Ton Stores Inc

(

BONT

), down 5.7%, and

Casual Male Retail Group Inc

(

CMRG

), down 4.1%, were all losers within the retail industry with

Whole Foods Market Inc

(

WFM

) 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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