Home Depot Inc

(

HD

) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.2%. By the end of trading, Home Depot Inc fell 58 cents (-1.6%) to $36.52 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6.6 million shares of Home Depot Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $36.47-$36.89 after having opened the day at $36.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.10. Other company's within the Retail industry that declined today were:

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%.

The Home Depot Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a home improvement retailer. The company's stores sell a range of building materials, home improvement products, and lawn and garden products to do-it-yourself, do-it-for-me (D-I-F-M), and professional customers. Home Depot Inc has a market cap of $57.97 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.9, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Depot as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front,

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%, were all gainers within the retail industry with

Chico's FAS Inc

(

CHS

) 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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