Guess Inc. (GES): Today's Featured Retail Loser

The retail industry closed the day up 2.4%. Bidz.com Inc ( BIDZ), China Nepstar Chain Drugstore ( NPD), Gaiam Inc ( GAIA), and China Jo-Jo Drugstores Inc ( CJJD) were all decliners today within the retail industry with Guess Inc ( GES) being today's featured retail loser. Guess Inc fell 30 cents (-1%) to $30.50 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.5 million shares of Guess Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares.

Guess , Inc. designs, markets, distributes, and licenses lifestyle collections of apparel and accessories for men, women, and children. It offers collections of denim and cotton clothing, including jeans, pants, overalls, skirts, dresses, shorts, blouses, shirts, jackets, and knitwear. Guess Inc has a market cap of $3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.8, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 32.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Guess as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, QKL Stores Inc ( QKLS), ValueVision Media Inc ( VVTV), Bon-Ton Stores Inc ( BONT), and Pantry Inc ( PTRY) were all gainers within the retail industry with Wal-Mart Stores Inc ( WMT) 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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