The retail industry closed the day up 0.3%. Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), Schiff Nutrition International Inc ( WNI), SUPERVALU Inc ( SVU), and ValueVision Media Inc ( VVTV) were all winners today within the retail industry with Wal-Mart Stores Inc ( WMT) being today's featured retail winner. Wal-Mart Stores Inc rose 66 cents (1.2%) to $57.37 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12.7 million shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.2 million shares.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company's Walmart U.S. Wal-Mart Stores Inc has a market cap of $196.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.9, above the average retail industry P/E ratio of 12.1 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Bidz.com Inc ( BIDZ), Amazon.com Inc ( AMZN), RadioShack ( RSH), and Jones Group Inc ( JNY) were all losers within the retail industry with Dollar General Corporation ( DG) 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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