SUPERVALU Inc (SVU): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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SUPERVALU ( SVU) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.5%. By the end of trading, SUPERVALU fell $0.08 (-1.6%) to $4.98 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,519,342 shares of SUPERVALU exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,866,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.93-$5.15 after having opened the day at $5.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.06. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Orchard Supply Hardware ( OSH), down 8.4%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), down 4.8%, PC Connection ( PCCC), down 4.3% and Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), down 3.8%.
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SUPERVALU INC., together with its subsidiaries, operates retail and wholesale food stores in the United States. SUPERVALU has a market cap of $1.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 104.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates SUPERVALU as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Destination XL Group ( DXLG), down 24.8%, Casual Male Retail Group ( CMRG), down 24.8%, ( OSTK), down 19.3% and Restoration Hardware Holdings ( RH), down 16.0% , were all gainers within the retail industry with CVS Caremark ( CVS) 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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