Ross Stores Inc. (ROST): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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Ross Stores ( ROST) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Ross Stores rose 93 cents (1.7%) to $56.84 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.9 million shares of Ross Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $55.80-$56.86 after having opened the day at $55.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.91. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Restoration Hardware Holdings ( RH), up 7%, Best Buy ( BBY), up 6.7%, Liquidity Service ( LQDT), up 5.8%, and China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), up 5.7%.
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Ross Stores, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates off-price retail apparel and home fashion stores under the Ross Dress for Less and dd's DISCOUNTS brand names in the United States. Ross Stores has a market cap of $12.45 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Ross Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

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

On the negative front, Orchard Supply Hardware ( OSH), down 9.1%, ALCO Stores ( ALCS), down 8.3%, HHGregg Incorporated ( HGG), down 5.6%, and Aeropostale ( ARO), down 4.7%, were all laggards within the retail industry with CVS Caremark ( CVS) 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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