Safeway

(

SWY

) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Safeway fell 19 cents (-1%) to $18.84 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5.8 million shares of Safeway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $18.50-$19 after having opened the day at $18.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.03. Other company's within the Retail industry that declined today were:

Acorn International

(

ATV

), down 7.8%,

China Jo-Jo Drugstores

(

CJJD

), down 5%,

Alon Holdings Blue Square - Israel

(

BSI

), down 4.1%, and

Fresh Market

(

TFM

), down 3.8%.

Safeway Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a food and drug retailer in North America. Safeway has a market cap of $4.54 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11, below the average retail industry P/E ratio of 11.1 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Safeway a buy, four analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Safeway as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. 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,

Talbots

(

TLB

), up 9.9%,

U.S. Auto Parts Network

(

PRTS

), up 7.6%,

Express

(

EXPR

), up 6.6%, and

Guess

(

GES

), up 6.5%, were all gainers within the retail industry with

Lowe's Companies

(

LOW

) 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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