Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT): Today's Featured Retail Winner

The retail industry closed the day down 3.8%. Wal-Mart Stores Inc ( WMT) was today's featured retail winner. Wal-Mart Stores Inc rose 31 cents (0.6%) to $52.21 on average volume. Throughout the day, 13.5 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.1 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company's Walmart U.S. Wal-Mart Stores Inc has a market cap of $179.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.8, above the average retail industry P/E ratio of 11.1 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Bon-Ton Stores Inc ( BONT), Builders FirstSource Inc ( BLDR), Conn's Inc ( CONN), and Winn-Dixie Stores Inc ( WINN) were all losers within the retail industry with J.C. Penney Co Inc ( JCP) 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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