L Brands Inc (LTD): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

L Brands ( LTD) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 2.0%. By the end of trading, L Brands fell $0.54 (-1.1%) to $49.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,274,664 shares of L Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,864,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $49.15-$50.08 after having opened the day at $49.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.73. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: U.S. Auto Parts Network ( PRTS), down 4.2%, GNC Holdings ( GNC), down 3.0%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), down 2.9% and Acorn International ( ATV), down 2.4%.

L Brands, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of women's intimate and other apparel, beauty and personal care products, and accessories. L Brands has a market cap of $14.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate L Brands a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates L Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, Destination XL Group ( DXLG), up 70.9%, Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), up 13.9%, Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores ( SHOS), up 7.7% and Stein Mart ( SMRT), up 6.7% , were all gainers within the retail industry with Lowe's Companies ( LOW) 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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