CVS Caremark Corp (CVS): Today's Featured Retail Winner

CVS Caremark ( CVS) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, CVS Caremark rose $0.62 (1.0%) to $60.15 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,088,921 shares of CVS Caremark exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,162,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $59.66-$60.37 after having opened the day at $59.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.53. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Haverty Furniture Companies ( HVT), up 9.0%, Haverty Furniture Companies ( HVT.A), up 8.9%, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage ( NGVC), up 5.4% and Kirkland's ( KIRK), up 5.1%.

CVS Caremark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated pharmacy health care services in the United States. CVS Caremark has a market cap of $71.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 23.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate CVS Caremark a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CVS Caremark as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), down 10.9%, Pharmerica Corporation ( PMC), down 7.5%, BioScrip ( BIOS), down 5.2% and E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), down 3.7% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Rite Aid Corporation ( RAD) 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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