The retail industry closed the day up 0.2%. QKL Stores Inc ( QKLS), New York & Company Inc ( NWY), Duckwall-Alco Stores Inc ( DUCK), and China Nepstar Chain Drugstore ( NPD) were all decliners today within the retail industry with Whirlpool Corporation ( WHR) being today's featured retail loser. Whirlpool Corporation fell 28 cents (-0.5%) to $55.08 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.5 million shares of Whirlpool Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares.

Whirlpool Corporation engages in the manufacture and marketing of home appliances worldwide. Its principal products include laundry appliances, refrigerators, cooking appliances, dishwashers, mixers, and other small household appliances. Whirlpool Corporation has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.8, below the average retail industry P/E ratio of 16.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 37.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whirlpool as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Haverty Furniture Companies Inc ( HVT), Stage Stores Inc ( SSI), GNC Acquisition Holdings Inc ( GNC), and Casual Male Retail Group Inc ( CMRG) were all gainers within the retail industry with Home Depot Inc ( HD) 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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