Fresh Market Inc. (TFM): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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Fresh Market ( TFM) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Fresh Market rose 59 cents (1%) to $58.79 on average volume. Throughout the day, 530,944 shares of Fresh Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 680,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $58.06-$58.80 after having opened the day at $58.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.20. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Body Central ( BODY), up 13.3%, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), up 9.3%, Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), up 7%, and U.S. Auto Parts Network ( PRTS), up 6.4%.
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The Fresh Market, Inc. operates as a specialty grocery retailer. Fresh Market has a market cap of $2.81 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 46.7, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 46.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Fresh Market a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fresh Market as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including premium valuation, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, ALCO Stores ( ALCS), down 8.7%, Abercrombie & Fitch ( ANF), down 4.7%, dELiA*s ( DLIA), down 4.5%, and Orchard Supply Hardware ( OSH), down 4.3%, were all laggards within the retail industry with Amazon.com ( AMZN) being today's retail industry laggard.

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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