Kroger Co (KR): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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Kroger ( KR) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Kroger rose 25 cents (1%) to $24.86 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.6 million shares of Kroger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $24.50-$24.98 after having opened the day at $24.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.61. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: ALCO Stores ( ALCS), up 7.5%, RadioShack ( RSH), up 6.6%, Haverty Furniture Companies ( HVT), up 4.8%, and Coastal Contacts ( COA), up 4.3%.
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The Kroger Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer in the United States. The company also manufactures and processes food for sale in its supermarkets. Kroger has a market cap of $13.18 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Kroger a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kroger as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and increase in stock price during the past year. 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, QKL Stores ( QKLS), down 10.2%, Gordman's Stores ( GMAN), down 6.5%, Restoration Hardware Holdings ( RH), down 5.8%, and Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage ( NGVC), down 5%, were all laggards within the retail industry with Gap ( GPS) 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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