Safeway Inc

(

SWY

) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.1%. By the end of trading, Safeway Inc fell 38 cents (-1.9%) to $19.37 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4.3 million shares of Safeway Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $19.37-$19.73 after having opened the day at $19.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.75. Other company's within the Retail industry that declined today were:

Pacific Sunwear

(

PSUN

), down 10.1%,

ValueVision Media Inc

(

VVTV

), down 8.9%,

PC Connection Inc

(

PCCC

), down 8.7%, and

Overstock.com Inc

(

OSTK

), down 8.4%.

Safeway Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a food and drug retailer in North America. Safeway Inc has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.1, above the average retail industry P/E ratio of 12.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 11.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Safeway as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,

Bidz.com Inc

(

BIDZ

), up 5.8%,

Pier one Imports Inc

(

PIR

), up 4.2%, and

Dollar General Corporation

(

DG

), up 1.8%, were all gainers within the retail industry with

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc

(

BBBY

) being today's featured retail industry winner.

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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