The retail industry closed the day down 2.3%. BioScrip Inc ( BIOS), China Jo-Jo Drugstores Inc ( CJJD), Talbots Inc ( TLB), and Aeropostale Inc ( ARO) were all winners today within the retail industry with Amazon.com Inc ( AMZN) being today's featured retail winner. Amazon.com Inc rose $5.75 (2.6%) to $229.96 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 14 million shares of Amazon.com Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares.

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. It operates retail Web sites, including amazon.com and amazon.ca. The company serves consumers through its retail Web sites and focuses on selection, price, and convenience. Amazon.com Inc has a market cap of $104.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 101.3, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, ValueVision Media Inc ( VVTV), Haverty Furniture Companies Inc ( HVT), Builders FirstSource Inc ( BLDR), and Stein Mart ( SMRT) were all losers within the retail industry with Bon-Ton Stores Inc ( BONT) being today's retail industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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