Wal-Mart Stores Inc

(

WMT

) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 3.4%. By the end of trading, Wal-Mart Stores Inc rose 36 cents (0.6%) to $57.25 on light volume. Throughout the day, nine million shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $57-$58 after having opened the day at $57.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.89. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were:

BioScrip Inc

(

BIOS

), up 11.8%,

Cost Plus Inc

(

CPWM

), up 10%,

HHGregg Incorporated

(

HGG

), up 9.8%, and

Foot Locker Inc

(

FL

), up 9.2%.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company's Walmart U.S. Wal-Mart Stores Inc has a market cap of $195.94 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.8, above the average retail industry P/E ratio of 12.1 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

Acorn International Inc

(

ATV

), down 9.6%,

E-Commerce China Dangdang Inc

(

DANG

), down 1.9%,

China Jo-Jo Drugstores Inc

(

CJJD

), down 1.8%, and

Winn-Dixie Stores Inc

(

WINN

), down 1.7%, were all losers within the retail industry with

AutoZone Inc

(

AZO

) 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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