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

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Amazon.com ( AMZN) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, Amazon.com rose $3.47 (1.3%) to $263.63 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,129,482 shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,273,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $260.21-$263.65 after having opened the day at $260.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $260.16. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Restoration Hardware Holdings ( RH), up 18.9%, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage ( NGVC), up 16.7%, dELiA*s ( DLIA), up 14.9% and QKL Stores ( QKLS), up 11.0%.
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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 $117.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 3.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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 robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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 negative front, ALCO Stores ( ALCS), down 7.6%, Acorn International ( ATV), down 6.3%, U.S. Auto Parts Network ( PRTS), down 4.8% and Alon Blue Square Israel ( BSI), down 3.7% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD) 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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