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

Limited Brands ( LTD) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Limited Brands fell 27 cents (-0.6%) to $45.41 on average volume. Throughout the day, three million shares of Limited Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $45.17-$46.13 after having opened the day at $45.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.68. Other company's within the Retail industry that declined today were: Destination Maternity ( DEST), down 19.6%, Builders FirstSource ( BLDR), down 10%, ValueVision Media ( VVTV), down 7.2%, and J.C. Penney ( JCP), down 5.8%.

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 $13.34 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.6, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Cache ( CACH), up 7.3%, Pricesmart ( PSMT), up 5.7%, Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), up 5.7%, and China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), up 3.5%, were all gainers within the retail industry with O'Reilly Automotive ( ORLY) 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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