Inc (AMZN): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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 ( AMZN) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, rose $5.78 (2.2%) to $269.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,507,618 shares of exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,180,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $265.00-$269.98 after having opened the day at $265.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $264.12. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), up 11.3%, Rite Aid Corporation ( RAD), up 7.3%, Gaiam Inc. Class A ( GAIA), up 6.8% and Tuesday Morning Corporation ( TUES), up 6.8%.
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TheStreet Ratings rates 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, Stage Stores ( SSI), down 7.2%, J.C. Penney ( JCP), down 4.2%, Alon Blue Square Israel ( BSI), down 4.1% and dELiA*s ( DLIA), down 4.0%.

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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