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Limited Brands

(

LTD

) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Limited Brands fell 99 cents (-2%) to $47.84 on light volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of Limited Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $47.72-$48.85 after having opened the day at $48.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.83. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were:

Acorn International

(

ATV

), down 6.4%,

U.S. Auto Parts Network

(

PRTS

), down 3.4%,

China Nepstar Chain Drugstore

(

NPD

), down 2.9%, and

Pacific Sunwear

(

PSUN

), down 2.6%.

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Limited Brands, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of women's intimate and other apparel, beauty, and personal care products and accessories primarily in the United States and Canada. Limited Brands has a market cap of $14.45 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.3, above the average retail industry P/E ratio of 19.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Limited Brands a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Limited Brands as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that net income has been generally deteriorating over time.

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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