EBay Inc (EBAY): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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eBay ( EBAY) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1%. By the end of trading, eBay fell 68 cents (-1.3%) to $52.50 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9.5 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $52.36-$53.46 after having opened the day at $53.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.18. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Gordman's Stores ( GMAN), down 16.6%, Body Central ( BODY), down 14.5%, Coastal Contacts ( COA), down 7%, and RadioShack ( RSH), down 4.8%.
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eBay Inc. provides online platforms, services, and tools to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $69.49 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, Express ( EXPR), up 23.8%, Genesco ( GCO), up 8.5%, Aeropostale ( ARO), up 7.5%, and Bon-Ton Stores ( BONT), up 5.2%, were all gainers within the retail industry with Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) being today's featured retail industry leader.

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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