Kroger

(

KR

) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Kroger rose 24 cents (1.1%) to $22.17 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.2 million shares of Kroger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $21.86-$22.24 after having opened the day at $21.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.93. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were:

RadioShack

(

RSH

), up 14.6%,

SUPERVALU

(

SVU

), up 10.3%,

Schiff Nutrition International

(

SHF

), up 5.7%, and

Fresh Market

(

TFM

), up 4.9%.

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The Kroger Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer in the United States. The company also manufactures and processes food for sale in its supermarkets. Kroger has a market cap of $11.91 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.2, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Kroger a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kroger as a

buy

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

On the negative front,

China Jo-Jo Drugstores

(

CJJD

), down 9.5%,

Orchard Supply Hardware

(

OSH

), down 8.2%,

Lowe's Companies

(

LOW

), down 5.5%, and

ValueVision Media

(

VVTV

), down 4.6%, were all laggards within the retail industry with

Macy's

(

M

) being today's retail industry laggard.

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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