Amazon.com Inc (AMZN): Today's Featured Retail Underperformer

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Amazon.com ( AMZN) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Amazon.com fell $4.29 (-1.6%) to $259.03 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.4 million shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $257.75-$263.67 after having opened the day at $262.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $263.32. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: U.S. Auto Parts Network ( PRTS), down 6%, E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), down 5.4%, China Nepstar Chain Drugstore ( NPD), down 5.1%, and Builders FirstSource ( BLDR), down 5.1%.
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Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $118.92 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, robust revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Conn's ( CONN), up 8.1%, Acorn International ( ATV), up 7%, Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), up 6.3%, and Body Central ( BODY), up 3.4%, were all gainers within the retail industry with Abercrombie & Fitch ( ANF) 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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