Dollar Tree Stores Inc. (DLTR): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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Dollar Tree Stores ( DLTR) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Dollar Tree Stores fell $1.02 (-2.5%) to $39.36 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5.6 million shares of Dollar Tree Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $39.23-$40.47 after having opened the day at $40.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.37. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: ValueVision Media ( VVTV), down 8.5%, PC Connection ( PCCC), down 7.3%, Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), down 7%, and Bon-Ton Stores ( BONT), down 6.8%.
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Dollar Tree, Inc. operates discount variety stores in the United States and Canada. Its stores offer merchandise at the fixed price of $1.00. Dollar Tree Stores has a market cap of $9.33 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Dollar Tree Stores a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar Tree Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front, ALCO Stores ( ALCS), up 11.1%, eBay ( EBAY), up 5.5%, SUPERVALU ( SVU), up 4.9%, and China Nepstar Chain Drugstore ( NPD), up 3.5%, were all gainers within the retail industry with Kohl's ( KSS) 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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