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 down 0.2%. By the end of trading, eBay rose 27 cents (0.7%) to $40.68 on light volume. Throughout the day, 9.4 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $40.27-$40.79 after having opened the day at $40.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.41. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), up 8.4%, Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), up 7.3%, ValueVision Media ( VVTV), up 6.8%, and Acorn International ( ATV), up 6.3%.

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 $52.85 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.1, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 34.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 19 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, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), down 7.2%, Kirkland's ( KIRK), down 5.7%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), down 4.5%, and Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 4.4%, were all losers within the retail industry with CVS Caremark ( CVS) 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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