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

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Lumber Liquidators Holdings ( LL) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.8%. By the end of trading, Lumber Liquidators Holdings fell $1.74 (-1.8%) to $95.08 on average volume. Throughout the day, 637,504 shares of Lumber Liquidators Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 725,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $94.67-$98.41 after having opened the day at $97.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.82. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: HHGregg Incorporated ( HGG), down 5.1%, bebe stores ( BEBE), down 2.2% and Overstock.com ( OSTK), down 1.7%.

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 $2.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 83.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 positive front, QKL Stores ( QKLS), up 52.0%, Stamps.com ( STMP), up 9.5%, E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), up 7.2% and Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 6.1% , were all gainers within the retail industry with Amazon.com ( AMZN) 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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