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Walgreen Company

(

WAG

) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.4%. By the end of trading, Walgreen Company rose $1.01 (1.6%) to $65.36 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,190,899 shares of Walgreen Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,922,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $64.42-$65.68 after having opened the day at $64.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.35. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were:

Body Central

(

BODY

), up 16.5%,

Restoration Hardware Holdings

(

RH

), up 12.7%,

GameStop

(

GME

), up 8.8% and

Christopher & Banks Corporation

(

CBK

), up 8.5%.

Walgreen Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates a network of drugstores in the United States. It provides consumer goods and services, pharmacy, and health and wellness services through drugstores, as well as through mail, and by telephone and online. Walgreen Company has a market cap of $61.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 12.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Walgreen Company a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Walgreen Company

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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Stamps.com

(

STMP

), down 2.8%,

Burlington Stores

(

BURL

), down 2.3%,

Acorn International

(

ATV

), down 1.8% and

J.C. Penney

(

JCP

), down 1.6%.

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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