Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (KORS): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Michael Kors Holdings rose $1.60 (2.6%) to $63.27 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 6.3 million shares of Michael Kors Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $61.63-$64.04 after having opened the day at $61.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.67. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Best Buy ( BBY), up 7.4%, Gap ( GPS), up 4.8%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), up 3.8%, and Acorn International ( ATV), up 3.7%.
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Michael Kors Holdings Limited engages in the design, marketing, distribution, and retail of branded women's apparel and accessories, and men's apparel. The company sells its products primarily under the names of Michael Kors, MICHAEL KORS, MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS, and KORS MICHAEL KORS. Michael Kors Holdings has a market cap of $12.29 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 38.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Michael Kors Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Michael Kors Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and robust revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock itself is trading at a premium valuation.

On the negative front, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), down 15.7%, Orchard Supply Hardware ( OSH), down 11.5%, Alon Holdings Blue Square - Israel ( BSI), down 5.3%, and New York & Company ( NWY), down 3.4%, were all laggards within the retail industry with Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) 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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