Limited Brands Inc. (LTD): Today's Featured Retail Winner

Limited Brands ( LTD) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, Limited Brands rose $1.27 (2.5%) to $51.70 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4.5 million shares of Limited Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $49.87-$51.84 after having opened the day at $50.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.43. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Liquidity Service ( LQDT), up 13.3%, Whole Foods Market ( WFM), up 7.6%, Rite Aid Corporation ( RAD), up 4.9%, and Pharmerica Corporation ( PMC), up 3%.

Limited Brands, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of women's intimate and other apparel, beauty, and personal care products and accessories primarily in the United States and Canada. Limited Brands has a market cap of $14.57 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Limited Brands a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Limited Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Delhaize Group ( DEG), down 10.1%, Bon-Ton Stores ( BONT), down 8.7%, Buckle Incorporated ( BKE), down 7.5%, and Bidz.com ( BIDZ), down 6.7%, were all losers within the retail industry with eBay ( EBAY) being today's retail industry loser.

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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