TJX Companies (TJX): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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TJX Companies ( TJX) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, TJX Companies fell 48 cents (-1%) to $45.98 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.8 million shares of TJX Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $45.55-$46.16 after having opened the day at $45.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.46. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), down 7.3%, E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), down 4.8%, Stein Mart ( SMRT), down 4.7%, and rue21 ( RUE), down 4.1%.
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The TJX Companies, Inc. operates as an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and internationally. TJX Companies has a market cap of $34.27 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.7, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 44% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate TJX Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TJX Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, ALCO Stores ( ALCS), up 11%, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage ( NGVC), up 4.6%, Builders FirstSource ( BLDR), up 4.2%, and dELiA*s ( DLIA), up 2.9%, were all gainers within the retail industry with Gap ( GPS) being today's featured retail industry leader.

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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