EBay Inc (EBAY): Today's Featured Retail Winner

eBay ( EBAY) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, eBay rose $1.16 (2.1%) to $57.04 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,560,899 shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,992,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $55.75-$57.07 after having opened the day at $55.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.88. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Acorn International ( ATV), up 11.4%, RadioShack ( RSH), up 11.0%, Ingles Markets ( IMKTA), up 6.3% and Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), up 6.2%.

eBay Inc. provides online platforms, tools, and services to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $71.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 7.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 23 analysts that rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, ALCO Stores ( ALCS), down 7.2%, Bon-Ton Stores ( BONT), down 4.4%, Restoration Hardware Holdings ( RH), down 3.8% and Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 3.3% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Dollar General Corporation ( DG) 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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