TJX Companies

(

TJX

) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, TJX Companies rose $1.13 (2.7%) to $42.46 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 10.5 million shares of TJX Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $41.59-$42.73 after having opened the day at $41.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.33. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were:

Talbots

(

TLB

), up 89.2%,

Bon-Ton Stores

(

BONT

), up 13.1%,

Zumiez

(

ZUMZ

), up 5.8%, and

Stein Mart

(

SMRT

), up 4.5%.

The TJX Companies, Inc. operates as an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and internationally. TJX Companies has a market cap of $30.82 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.4, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate TJX Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TJX Companies as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

Buckle Incorporated

(

BKE

), down 8.1%,

Nordstrom

(

JWN

), down 5.8%,

Sears Holdings Corporation

(

SHLD

), down 5.6%, and

Pier one Imports

(

PIR

), down 4.9%, were all losers within the retail industry with

Kohl's

(

KSS

) 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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