Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model


Urban Outfitters



) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Urban Outfitters fell 70 cents (-1.9%) to $36.39 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.9 million shares of Urban Outfitters exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $36.10-$37.26 after having opened the day at $36.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.09. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were:

ValueVision Media



), down 7%,

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage



), down 5.7%,

Christopher & Banks Corporation



), down 4.2%, and

GNC Acquisition Holdings



), down 3.9%.

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Urban Outfitters Inc. operates lifestyle specialty retail stores under the Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain, and BHLDN brand names in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Urban Outfitters has a market cap of $5.52 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.3, above the average retail industry P/E ratio of 30.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 34.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Urban Outfitters a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Urban Outfitters as a


. 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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,




), up 44.8%,

Builders FirstSource



), up 6.4%,




), up 2.6%, and

Alon Holdings Blue Square - Israel



), up 1.9%, were all gainers within the retail industry with

Walgreen Company



) being today's featured retail industry leader.

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