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

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GameStop ( GME) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, GameStop fell 44 cents (-1.9%) to $23.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.1 million shares of GameStop exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $22.57-$23.70 after having opened the day at $23.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.64. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Liquidity Service ( LQDT), down 22.4%, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), down 15.5%, Bon-Ton Stores ( BONT), down 4%, and ( AMZN), down 2.7%.
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GameStop Corp. operates as a video game retailer. GameStop has a market cap of $2.88 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 4.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Roundys ( RNDY), up 11.3%, HHGregg Incorporated ( HGG), up 10.7%, RadioShack ( RSH), up 8.3%, and Kirkland's ( KIRK), up 7.5%, were all gainers within the retail industry with Best Buy ( BBY) 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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