The retail industry closed the day up 4.3%. Hot Topic Inc ( HOTT) and dELiA*s Inc ( DLIA) were all decliners today within the retail industry with Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc ( LL) being today's featured retail loser. Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc fell $1.07 (-6.4%) to $15.61 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.3 million shares of Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 517,000 shares.

Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of hardwood flooring in the United States. Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc has a market cap of $458.5 million and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 33% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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

On the positive front, Bidz.com Inc ( BIDZ), Builders FirstSource Inc ( BLDR), Gordman's Stores Inc ( GMAN), and Rite Aid Corporation ( RAD) 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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