Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

Lowe's Companies

(

LOW

) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Lowe's Companies rose $0.55 (1.5%) to $38.25 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10,322,412 shares of Lowe's Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,725,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $37.56-$38.45 after having opened the day at $37.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.70. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were:

Orchard Supply Hardware

(

OSH

), up 23.5%,

bebe stores

(

BEBE

), up 6.2%,

Roundys

(

RNDY

), up 4.8% and

Cache

(

CACH

), up 4.5%.

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Lowe's Companies, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. It offers products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, and home decorating. Lowe's Companies has a market cap of $41.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lowe's Companies as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

China Jo-Jo Drugstores

(

CJJD

), down 5.5%,

Liquidity Service

(

LQDT

), down 4.3%,

Gaiam Inc. Class A

(

GAIA

), down 3.0% and

Acorn International

(

ATV

), down 2.9% , were all laggards within the retail industry with

Dollar General Corporation

(

DG

) 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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