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 0.6%. By the end of trading, eBay fell 59 cents (-1.1%) to $52.98 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9.3 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $52.75-$53.87 after having opened the day at $53.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.57. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), down 8.5%, Ross Stores ( ROST), down 7.5%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), down 5.9%, and Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), down 4.9%.
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eBay Inc. provides online platforms, tools, and services to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $71.65 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Hot Topic ( HOTT), up 29%, ValueVision Media ( VVTV), up 15.8%, RadioShack ( RSH), up 8.9%, and Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), up 5.6%, were all gainers within the retail industry with AutoZone ( AZO) 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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