CVS Caremark Corp (CVS): Today's Featured Retail Loser

CVS Caremark ( CVS) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, CVS Caremark fell 83 cents (-1.7%) to $47.29 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10.3 million shares of CVS Caremark exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $46.90-$48 after having opened the day at $47.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.12. Other company's within the Retail industry that declined today were: 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%.

CVS Caremark Corporation provides pharmacy health care services in the United States. CVS Caremark has a market cap of $61.65 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, below the average retail industry P/E ratio of 18.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate CVS Caremark a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CVS Caremark as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, 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%, were all gainers within the retail industry with eBay ( EBAY) 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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