Family Dollar Stores Inc. (FDO): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

Family Dollar Stores ( FDO) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Family Dollar Stores fell $0.82 (-1.3%) to $60.42 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,231,976 shares of Family Dollar Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,390,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $60.03-$61.61 after having opened the day at $61.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.24. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Orchard Supply Hardware Class A ( OSH), down 48.7%, Walgreen Company ( WAG), down 5.9%, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), down 5.2% and PC Connection ( PCCC), down 2.6%.

Family Dollar Stores, Inc. operates a chain of self-service retail discount stores primarily for low- and middle-income consumers in the United States. Family Dollar Stores has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Family Dollar Stores a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Family Dollar Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), up 14.0%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), up 9.6%, Men's Wearhouse ( MW), up 5.7% and Alon Blue Square Israel ( BSI), up 5.3% , were all gainers within the retail industry with eBay ( EBAY) 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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