Macy's Inc (M): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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Macy's ( M) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Macy's fell $0.49 (-1.0%) to $48.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,987,422 shares of Macy's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,577,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $48.15-$49.13 after having opened the day at $48.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.79. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: ALCO Stores ( ALCS), down 6.1%, Coastal Contacts ( COA), down 5.5%, RadioShack ( RSH), down 4.7% and Acorn International ( ATV), down 4.5%.

Macy's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates stores and Internet Websites in the United States. Macy's has a market cap of $18.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 25.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Macy's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macy's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the retail industry with Lumber Liquidators Holdings ( LL) being today's featured retail industry leader.

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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