Amazon.com Inc (AMZN): Today's Featured Retail Loser

Amazon.com ( AMZN) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.2%. By the end of trading, Amazon.com fell $5.46 (-2.4%) to $223.99 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.5 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $223.74-$229.72 after having opened the day at $227.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $229.45. Other company's within the Retail industry that declined today were: Body Central ( BODY), down 48.5%, bebe stores ( BEBE), down 22%, China Nepstar Chain Drugstore ( NPD), down 8.6%, and Builders FirstSource ( BLDR), down 8.2%.

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. It operates retail Websites, such as amazon.com and amazon.ca. The company serves consumers through its retail Websites and focuses on selection, price, and convenience. Amazon.com has a market cap of $103.73 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 190.3, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 22 analysts that rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, PC Connection ( PCCC), up 9.8%, Liquidity Service ( LQDT), up 3.1%, Harris Teeter Supermarkets ( HTSI), up 2.7%, and Ascena Retail Group ( ASNA), up 2.4%, were all gainers within the retail industry with Fresh Market ( TFM) 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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