Gap Inc

(

GPS

) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1%. By the end of trading, Gap Inc fell 36 cents (-1.9%) to $18.13 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.5 million shares of Gap Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $18.06-$18.51 after having opened the day at $18.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.49. Other company's within the Retail industry that declined today were:

Collective Brands Inc

(

PSS

), down 14.5%,

Chico's FAS Inc

(

CHS

), down 14.4%,

dELiA*s Inc

(

DLIA

), down 6.8%, and

Talbots Inc

(

TLB

), down 6.2%.

The Gap, Inc. operates as a specialty retailing company. The company offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, children, and babies under the Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime, and Athleta brand names. Gap Inc has a market cap of $9.57 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.4, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 16.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gap as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front,

ValueVision Media Inc

(

VVTV

), up 6.6%,

Acorn International Inc

(

ATV

), up 4.5%,

Casual Male Retail Group Inc

(

CMRG

), up 4%, and

Stamps.com Inc

(

STMP

), up 3.3%, were all gainers within the retail industry with

Costco Wholesale Corporation

(

COST

) 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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