Whole Foods Market Inc. (WFM): Today's Featured Retail Winner - TheStreet

Whole Foods Market

(

WFM

) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Whole Foods Market rose $2.10 (2.2%) to $96.27 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.5 million shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $94.29-$96.96 after having opened the day at $94.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.17. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were:

QKL Stores

(

QKLS

), up 13.2%,

Rite Aid Corporation

(

RAD

), up 7.2%,

Susser Holdings Corporation

(

SUSS

), up 6.9%, and

Acorn International

(

ATV

), up 6%.

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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 has a market cap of $17.65 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.7, above the average retail industry P/E ratio of 43.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 38.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Whole Foods Market a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

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 expanding profit margins. 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 negative front,

Alon Holdings Blue Square - Israel

(

BSI

), down 5%,

Tilly's

(

TLYS

), down 4.1%,

Macy's

(

M

), down 3.3%, and

Orchard Supply Hardware

(

OSH

), down 3.1%, were all losers within the retail industry with

Lowe's Companies

(

LOW

) 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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