Dillards Inc. (DDS): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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Dillards ( DDS) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.9%. By the end of trading, Dillards rose $3.14 (3.9%) to $83.95 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, one million shares of Dillards exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 427,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $83.74-$86.71 after having opened the day at $85.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.81. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: BioScrip ( BIOS), up 6.3%, Conn's ( CONN), up 4.9%, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), up 3.5%, and Cache ( CACH), up 3.3%.
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Dillard's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as fashion apparel, cosmetics, and home furnishing retailer in the United States. The company offers fashion apparel for women, men, and children, as well as accessories and other consumer goods. Dillards has a market cap of $3.53 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 80.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Dillards a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dillards as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), down 7.2%, Core-Mark Holding Company ( CORE), down 6.9%, Aeropostale ( ARO), down 6.5%, and rue21 ( RUE), down 6.2%, were all laggards within the retail industry with eBay ( EBAY) 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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