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Williams-Sonoma

(

WSM

) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Williams-Sonoma rose $1.51 (2.9%) to $54.52 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,614,561 shares of Williams-Sonoma exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,170,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $52.30-$54.98 after having opened the day at $52.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.01. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were:

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage

(

NGVC

), up 11.9%,

Tuesday Morning Corporation

(

TUES

), up 10.1%,

Cache

(

CACH

), up 6.8% and

QKL Stores

(

QKLS

), up 6.5%.

Williams-Sonoma Inc. operates as a multi-channel specialty retailer of home products. It operates in two segments, Direct-to-Customer and Retail. Williams-Sonoma has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 54.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Williams-Sonoma a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Williams-Sonoma

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, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front,

Amazon.com

(

AMZN

), down 11.0%,

Pantry

(

PTRY

), down 7.9%,

PC Connection

(

PCCC

), down 7.1% and

Overstock.com

(

OSTK

), down 4.8%.

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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