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Sears Holdings Corporation

(

SHLD

) 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, Sears Holdings Corporation rose $1.25 (2.5%) to $50.23 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,348,650 shares of Sears Holdings Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 833,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $48.20-$50.70 after having opened the day at $48.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.98. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were:

Fresh Market

(

TFM

), up 8.5%,

Wet Seal

(

WTSL

), up 8.2%,

QKL Stores

(

QKLS

), up 7.5% and

dELiA*s

(

DLIA

), up 6.4%.

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Sears Holdings Corporation operates as a specialty retailer in the United States and Canada. The company's Kmart segment operates stores that sell merchandise under Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer labels; and Sears brand products, such as Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard. Sears Holdings Corporation has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 21.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Sears Holdings Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sears Holdings Corporation as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the negative front,

Chico's FAS

(

CHS

), down 7.1%,

U.S. Auto Parts Network

(

PRTS

), down 5.3%,

RadioShack

(

RSH

), down 4.6% and

J.C. Penney

(

JCP

), down 4.3% , were all laggards within the retail industry with

CVS Caremark

(

CVS

) 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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