Kroger Co (KR): Today's Featured Retail Loser

Kroger ( KR) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, Kroger fell 12 cents (-0.5%) to $23.19 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.8 million shares of Kroger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of six million shares. The stock ranged in price between $23.09-$23.44 after having opened the day at $23.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.31. Other company's within the Retail industry that declined today were: QKL Stores ( QKLS), down 10.7%, Jones Group ( JNY), down 8.1%, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), down 3.8%, and Cache ( CACH), down 3.1%.

The Kroger Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer in the United States. The company also manufactures and processes food for sale in its supermarkets. Kroger has a market cap of $13.03 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Kroger a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kroger as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its revenue growth. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and generally poor debt management.

On the positive front, GNC Acquisition Holdings ( GNC), up 12.4%, E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), up 9.7%, Lumber Liquidators Holdings ( LL), up 6.7%, and J.C. Penney ( JCP), up 5.5%, were all gainers within the retail industry with Home Depot ( 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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