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Wal-Mart Stores

(

WMT

) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Wal-Mart Stores fell $0.79 (-1.0%) to $74.84 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9,250,717 shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,443,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $74.82-$75.63 after having opened the day at $75.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.63. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were:

RadioShack

(

RSH

), down 5.6%,

Ingles Markets

(

IMKTA

), down 5.5%,

Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao

(

CBD

), down 4.5% and

Michael Kors Holdings

(

KORS

), down 4.3%.

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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $250.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Wal-Mart Stores

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,

Destination XL Group

(

DXLG

), down 32.3%,

Casual Male Retail Group

(

CMRG

), down 32.3%,

Orchard Supply Hardware

(

OSH

), down 30.9% and

Guess

(

GES

), down 8.3% , were all gainers within the retail industry with

TJX Companies

(

TJX

) being today's featured retail industry leader.

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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