Ann Inc. (ANN): Today's Featured Retail Loser

Ann ( ANN) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.8%. By the end of trading, Ann fell $1.16 (-3.9%) to $28.50 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.9 million shares of Ann exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $28.43-$29.70 after having opened the day at $29.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.66. Other company's within the Retail industry that declined today were: RadioShack ( RSH), down 4.8%, Cache ( CACH), down 3.9%, Gaiam ( GAIA), down 2.8%, and ValueVision Media ( VVTV), down 2.3%.

ANN INC., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of women's apparel, shoes, and accessories in the United States. It offers a range of career and casual separates, dresses, tops, weekend wear, shoes, and accessories under the Ann Taylor and LOFT brands. Ann has a market cap of $1.42 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.8, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Ann a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ann as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, China Nepstar Chain Drugstore ( NPD), up 29.4%, Amazon.com ( AMZN), up 15.8%, Builders FirstSource ( BLDR), up 7.7%, and U.S. Auto Parts Network ( PRTS), up 6.3%, were all gainers within the retail industry with Lowe's Companies ( LOW) 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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