EBay Inc (EBAY): Today's Featured Retail Winner

eBay ( EBAY) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, eBay rose 65 cents (1.6%) to $41.21 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 17.6 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $40.77-$41.40 after having opened the day at $40.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.56. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Builders FirstSource ( BLDR), up 9.3%, ValueVision Media ( VVTV), up 7.1%, BioScrip ( BIOS), up 4.6%, and Bidz.com ( BIDZ), up 3.9%.

eBay Inc. provides online platforms, services, and tools to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $51.89 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.8, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Cache ( CACH), down 7.4%, Gordman's Stores ( GMAN), down 4.2%, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), down 3.2%, and Bon-Ton Stores ( BONT), down 2.8%, were all losers within the retail industry with Kohl's ( KSS) 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).