TJX Companies

(

TJX

) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, TJX Companies rose 27 cents (0.6%) to $44.28 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.2 million shares of TJX Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $43.85-$44.52 after having opened the day at $44.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.01. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were:

Lumber Liquidators Holdings

(

LL

), up 26.8%,

IAC/InterActiveCorp

(

IACI

), up 6%,

J.C. Penney

(

JCP

), up 4.7%, and

ValueVision Media

(

VVTV

), up 4.2%.

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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 $32.83 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.7, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 36.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate TJX Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

RadioShack

(

RSH

), down 28.8%,

SUPERVALU

(

SVU

), down 15.6%,

China Jo-Jo Drugstores

(

CJJD

), down 8.4%, and

Builders FirstSource

(

BLDR

), down 6.4%, were all laggards within the retail industry with

Dollar General Corporation

(

DG

) 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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