Macy's

(

M

) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Macy's rose 19 cents (0.5%) to $36.47 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4.1 million shares of Macy's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.14-$36.74 after having opened the day at $36.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.28. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were:

DSW

(

DSW

), up 9.7%,

Urban Outfitters

(

URBN

), up 7.4%,

Acorn International

(

ATV

), up 7%, and

China Jo-Jo Drugstores

(

CJJD

), up 6.2%.

Macy's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates stores and Internet Websites in the United States. Its retail stores and Internet Web sites sell a range of merchandise, including apparel and accessories for men, women, and children; cosmetics; home furnishings; and other consumer goods. Macy's has a market cap of $14.83 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.6, below the average retail industry P/E ratio of 11.7 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Macy's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macy's as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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,

Express

(

EXPR

), down 27.4%,

Wet Seal

(

WTSLA

), down 6.8%,

Pacific Sunwear

(

PSUN

), down 6.7%, and

New York & Company

(

NWY

), down 6.6%, were all losers within the retail industry with

Brazilian Distribution Company

(

CBD

) 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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