L Brands Inc (LTD): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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L Brands ( LTD) 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, L Brands rose $1.73 (3.2%) to $55.41 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,187,967 shares of L Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,599,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $53.61-$55.80 after having opened the day at $53.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.68. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: U.S. Auto Parts Network ( PRTS), up 9.5%, Cache ( CACH), up 5.4%, Saks Incorporated ( SKS), up 4.2% and Mercadolibre ( MELI), up 3.0%.

L Brands, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of women's intimate and other apparel, beauty and personal care products, and accessories. L Brands has a market cap of $15.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 13.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate L Brands a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates L Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, ValueVision Media ( VVTV), down 9.7%, LightInTheBox Holding Co Ltd ADR ( LITB), down 6.3%, Francescas Holdings ( FRAN), down 5.4% and Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), down 4.7% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Lowe's Companies ( LOW) 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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