Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (BBBY): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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Bed Bath & Beyond ( BBBY) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Bed Bath & Beyond rose $1.28 (2.2%) to $58.82 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.6 million shares of Bed Bath & Beyond exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $57.67-$59.09 after having opened the day at $57.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.54. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Bidz.com ( BIDZ), up 10%, Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), up 8.1%, ValueVision Media ( VVTV), up 4.4%, and Best Buy ( BBY), up 3.3%.
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Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail stores. Bed Bath & Beyond has a market cap of $13.09 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Bed Bath & Beyond a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bed Bath & Beyond as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Stein Mart ( SMRT), down 7.2%, Orchard Supply Hardware ( OSH), down 5.5%, Gaiam Inc. Class A ( GAIA), down 5.3%, and China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), down 5.2%, were all laggards within the retail industry with Dollar Tree Stores ( DLTR) 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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