The retail industry closed the day down 2.3%. Duckwall-Alco Stores Inc ( DUCK), Alon Holdings Blue Square - Israel ( BSI), Charming Shoppes Inc ( CHRS), and Acorn International Inc ( ATV) were all winners today within the retail industry with Walgreen Company ( WAG) being today's featured retail winner. Walgreen Company rose 89 cents (2.7%) to $33.89 on average volume. Throughout the day, eight million shares of Walgreen Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of nine million shares.

Walgreen Co., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the operation of a chain of drugstores in the United States. The company's drugstores sell prescription and non-prescription drugs, and general merchandise. Walgreen Company has a market cap of $29.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.2, above the average retail industry P/E ratio of 11.2 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walgreen as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Haverty Furniture Companies Inc ( HVT), Conn's Inc ( CONN), Builders FirstSource Inc ( BLDR), and Tuesday Morning Corporation ( TUES) were all losers within the retail industry with Best Buy Co Inc ( BBY) 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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