The retail industry closed the day up 0.7%. Builders FirstSource Inc ( BLDR), ValueVision Media Inc ( VVTV), Hot Topic Inc ( HOTT), and Gordman's Stores Inc ( GMAN) were all decliners today within the retail industry with Lowe's Companies Inc ( LOW) being today's featured retail loser. Lowe's Companies Inc fell 33 cents (-1.6%) to $20.53 on light volume. Throughout the day, 10.1 million shares of Lowe's Companies Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17.1 million shares.

Lowe's Companies, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a home improvement retailer in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company offers a range of products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, home decorating, and property maintenance. Lowe's Companies Inc has a market cap of $25.6 billion and is part of the services sector.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lowe's Companies as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, E-Commerce China Dangdang Inc ( DANG), Jones Group Inc ( JNY), Charming Shoppes Inc ( CHRS), and Bidz.com Inc ( BIDZ) were all gainers within the retail industry with Amazon.com Inc ( AMZN) being today's featured retail industry winner.

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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