The

retail

industry closed the day up 0.5%.

Pacific Sunwear

(

PSUN

),

QKL Stores Inc

(

QKLS

),

Family Dollar Stores Inc

(

FDO

), and

Whole Foods Market Inc

(

WFM

) were all decliners today within the retail industry with

Jones Group Inc

(

JNY

) being today's featured retail loser. Jones Group Inc fell 32 cents (-3.4%) to $9.79 on average volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of Jones Group Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares.

The Jones Group Inc. engages in the design, marketing, and wholesale of apparel, footwear, and accessories in the United States and Canada. Jones Group Inc has a market cap of $858.6 million and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.4, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 39.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates The Jones Group as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and unimpressive growth in net income.

On the positive front,

TheStreet Recommends

Acorn International Inc

(

ATV

),

Conn's Inc

(

CONN

),

U.S. Auto Parts Network Inc

(

PRTS

), and

New York & Company Inc

(

NWY

) were all gainers within the retail industry with

Kohl's

(

KSS

) 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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