Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (KORS): Today's Featured Retail Winner

Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Michael Kors Holdings rose $0.74 (1.2%) to $62.02 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 8,377,426 shares of Michael Kors Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,811,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $60.94-$63.05 after having opened the day at $60.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.28. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), up 8.7%, HHGregg Incorporated ( HGG), up 5.5%, Body Central ( BODY), up 4.3% and Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 3.5%.

Michael Kors Holdings Limited engages in the design, marketing, distribution, and retail of branded women's apparel and accessories, and men's apparel. The company sells its products primarily under the names of Michael Kors, MICHAEL KORS, MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS, and KORS MICHAEL KORS. Michael Kors Holdings has a market cap of $12.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Michael Kors Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Michael Kors Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock itself is trading at a premium valuation.

On the negative front, QKL Stores ( QKLS), down 5.1%, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage ( NGVC), down 4.8%, Stein Mart ( SMRT), down 4.2% and Weis Markets ( WMK), down 3.9% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) 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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