Macy's Inc

(

M

) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 3.6%. By the end of trading, Macy's Inc rose $1.28 (4.1%) to $32.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9.2 million shares of Macy's Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of nine million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $31.50-$32.39 after having opened the day at $32.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.03. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were:

Bon-Ton Stores Inc

(

BONT

), up 13.4%,

Haverty Furniture Companies Inc

(

HVT

), up 12.7%,

Haverty Furniture Companies CL A

(

HVT.A

), up 12.4%, and

ValueVision Media Inc

(

VVTV

), up 11.8%.

Macy's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates department stores and Internet Web sites in the United States. Macy's Inc has a market cap of $13.17 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.3, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macy's as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front,

Bidz.com Inc

(

BIDZ

), down 7.1%,

dELiA*s Inc

(

DLIA

), down 6.7%,

QKL Stores Inc

(

QKLS

), down 6.2%, and

Acorn International Inc

(

ATV

), down 5.1%, were all losers within the retail industry with

Lowe's Companies Inc

(

LOW

) being today's retail industry loser.

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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