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 1.3%. By the end of trading, SUPERVALU fell $0.07 (-1.1%) to $6.22 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,696,591 shares of SUPERVALU exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,617,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $6.16-$6.39 after having opened the day at $6.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.29. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: QKL Stores ( QKLS), down 6.7%, Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), down 5.2%, Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), down 5.1% and Cache ( CACH), down 4.1%.
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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 $1.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 154.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates SUPERVALU a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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 62.7%, Orchard Supply Hardware Class A ( OSH), down 12.2%, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage ( NGVC), down 10.9% and China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), down 6.4% , were all gainers within the retail industry with Amazon.com ( AMZN) 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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