Best Buy Co Inc (BBY): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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Best Buy ( BBY) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Best Buy fell $0.61 (-2.3%) to $25.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,968,895 shares of Best Buy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,421,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $25.39-$26.42 after having opened the day at $26.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.12. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: U.S. Auto Parts Network ( PRTS), down 7.5%, Susser Holdings Corporation ( SUSS), down 5.4%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), down 4.8% and Mercadolibre ( MELI), down 4.0%.
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Best Buy Co., Inc. operates as a retailer of consumer electronics, computing and mobile phone products, entertainment products, appliances, and related services primarily in the United States, Europe, Canada, and China. Best Buy has a market cap of $8.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 120.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Best Buy a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Best Buy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally high debt management risk.

On the positive front, Whole Foods Market ( WFM), down 10.1%, E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), down 9.0%, Stein Mart ( SMRT), down 7.6% and J.C. Penney ( JCP), down 7.4% , were all gainers within the retail industry with L Brands ( LTD) 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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