Inc (AMZN): Today's Featured Retail Winner ( AMZN) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, rose $4.41 (1.6%) to $282.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,856,254 shares of exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,038,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $277.16-$283.29 after having opened the day at $279.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $277.69. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Best Buy ( BBY), up 8.8%, E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), up 6.3%, ( OSTK), up 6.2% and Liberty Interactive ( LINTB), up 6.2%., Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. has a market cap of $126.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 10.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 23 analysts that rate a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), down 6.8%, Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores ( SHOS), down 2.6%, Fresh Market ( TFM), down 2.5% and Rite Aid Corporation ( RAD), down 2.5% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Safeway ( SWY) 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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