GameStop Corp (GME): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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GameStop ( GME) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, GameStop rose 46 cents (2%) to $23.25 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5.2 million shares of GameStop exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $22.30-$23.25 after having opened the day at $22.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.79. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Best Buy ( BBY), up 16.4%, RadioShack ( RSH), up 5.7%, Haverty Furniture Companies CL A ( HVT.A), up 5.3%, and GNC Acquisition Holdings ( GNC), up 5%.
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GameStop Corp. operates as a video game retailer. GameStop has a market cap of $2.74 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 9.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate GameStop a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates GameStop as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Aeropostale ( ARO), down 6.5%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), down 5.6%, rue21 ( RUE), down 4.8%, and ALCO Stores ( ALCS), down 4.6%, were all laggards within the retail industry with J.C. Penney ( JCP) 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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