Williams-Sonoma Inc. (WSM): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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Williams-Sonoma ( WSM) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Williams-Sonoma rose 75 cents (1.7%) to $46.01 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.8 million shares of Williams-Sonoma exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $45.28-$46.89 after having opened the day at $45.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.26. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: SUPERVALU ( SVU), up 12.6%, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), up 8%, dELiA*s ( DLIA), up 5.4%, and Roundys ( RNDY), up 4%.
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Williams-Sonoma, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of home products. Williams-Sonoma has a market cap of $4.44 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Williams-Sonoma a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Williams-Sonoma 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 expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, ValueVision Media ( VVTV), down 6%, Cache ( CACH), down 5.7%, Overstock.com ( OSTK), down 4.8%, and RadioShack ( RSH), down 3.9%, 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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