Saks Incorporated (SKS): Today's Featured Retail Winner

Saks Incorporated ( SKS) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Saks Incorporated rose $0.15 (1.0%) to $14.64 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,320,758 shares of Saks Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,598,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $14.49-$14.75 after having opened the day at $14.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.49. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Arden Group ( ARDNA), up 16.9%, RadioShack ( RSH), up 8.6%, Alon Blue Square Israel ( BSI), up 6.4% and Pharmerica Corporation ( PMC), up 5.5%.

Saks Incorporated operates retail stores in the United States. The company’s retail stores offer an assortment of fashion apparel, shoes, accessories, jewelry, cosmetics, and gifts. Saks Incorporated has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 34.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Saks Incorporated a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Saks Incorporated as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Mercadolibre ( MELI), down 4.3%, Liquidity Service ( LQDT), down 3.8%, U.S. Auto Parts Network ( PRTS), down 2.9% and Coastal Contacts ( COA), down 2.7% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS) 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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