Whole Foods Market Inc

(

WFM

) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Whole Foods Market Inc fell 34 cents (-0.5%) to $65.19 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.4 million shares of Whole Foods Market Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $64.88-$65.93 after having opened the day at $65.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.53. Other company's within the Retail industry that declined today were:

Susser Holdings Corporation

(

SUSS

), down 9.5%,

Dillards Inc

(

DDS

), down 6.8%,

Bon-Ton Stores Inc

(

BONT

), down 5.7%, and

Casual Male Retail Group Inc

(

CMRG

), down 4.1%.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. engages in the ownership and operation of natural and organic food supermarkets. The company offers produce, seafood, grocery, meat and poultry, bakery, prepared foods and catering, coffee and tea, nutritional supplements, and vitamins. Whole Foods Market Inc has a market cap of $11.41 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.9, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whole Foods Market as a

buy

. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front,

Acorn International Inc

(

ATV

), up 5.6%,

Home Depot Inc

(

HD

), up 5.3%,

Best Buy Co Inc

(

BBY

), up 5.2%, and

Bidz.com Inc

(

BIDZ

), up 5%, were all gainers within the retail industry with

Costco Wholesale Corporation

(

COST

) being today's featured retail industry winner.

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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