Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc (LL): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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Lumber Liquidators Holdings ( LL) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Lumber Liquidators Holdings rose $5.99 (6.9%) to $92.60 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,961,152 shares of Lumber Liquidators Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 723,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $91.53-$96.00 after having opened the day at $93.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.61. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 7.5%, Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), up 3.1%, SUPERVALU ( SVU), up 2.3% and Stage Stores ( SSI), up 2.1%.

Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of hardwood flooring, and hardwood flooring enhancements and accessories. Lumber Liquidators Holdings has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 65.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Lumber Liquidators Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lumber Liquidators Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the negative front, ALCO Stores ( ALCS), down 6.1%, Coastal Contacts ( COA), down 5.5%, RadioShack ( RSH), down 4.7% and Acorn International ( ATV), down 4.5% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Macy's ( M) 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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