Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model. Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Wal-Mart Stores rose 90 cents (1.2%) to $77.29 on average volume. Throughout the day, eight million shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $75.83-$77.44 after having opened the day at $76.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.39. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage ( NGVC), up 8.2%, ALCO Stores ( ALCS), up 6.2%, Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), up 5.5%, and Rite Aid Corporation ( RAD), up 5.3%.
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