The retail industry closed the day up 2%. E-Commerce China Dangdang Inc ( DANG), Zumiez Inc ( ZUMZ), 99 Cents Only Stores ( NDN), and BioScrip Inc ( BIOS) were all winners today within the retail industry with eBay Inc ( EBAY) being today's featured retail winner. eBay Inc rose 77 cents (2.5%) to $31.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 13.3 million shares of eBay Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15 million shares.

eBay Inc. provides online marketplaces for the sale of goods and services, as well as other online commerce, platforms, and online payment solutions to individuals and businesses in the United States and internationally. eBay Inc has a market cap of $37.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.1, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, QKL Stores Inc ( QKLS), Wet Seal Inc ( WTSLA), Bidz.com Inc ( BIDZ), and Arden Group Inc ( ARDNA) were all losers within the retail industry with Safeway Inc ( SWY) 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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