GameStop Corp (GME): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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GameStop ( GME) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, GameStop rose $1.48 (3.9%) to $39.01 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 6,056,669 shares of GameStop exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,881,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $38.59-$39.77 after having opened the day at $38.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.53. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Restoration Hardware Holdings ( RH), up 16.1%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), up 14.1%, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage ( NGVC), up 4.7% and E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), up 3.5%.
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GameStop Corp. operates as a video game retailer. GameStop has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 49.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate GameStop a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates GameStop as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Orchard Supply Hardware Class A ( OSH), down 11.7%, Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), down 5.2%, Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), down 4.3% and J.C. Penney ( JCP), down 4.2% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Abercrombie & Fitch Company ( ANF) 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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