L Brands Inc (LTD): Today's Key Contributor To Industry Gains

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L Brands ( LTD) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, L Brands rose 51 cents (1.1%) to $47.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.3 million shares of L Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $46.59-$47.41 after having opened the day at $46.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.89. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Destination XL Group ( DXLG), up 41.1%, Casual Male Retail Group ( CMRG), up 41.1%, Vitacost.com ( VITC), up 6%, and ValueVision Media ( VVTV), up 5%.
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L Brands, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of women's intimate and other apparel, beauty and personal care products, and accessories. L Brands has a market cap of $13.31 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate L Brands a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates L Brands as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

On the negative front, Cache ( CACH), down 17.4%, J.C. Penney ( JCP), down 12.2%, Acorn International ( ATV), down 5.1%, and Alon Holdings Blue Square - Israel ( BSI), down 5%, were all laggards within the retail industry with Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST) 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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