Ross Stores Inc. (ROST): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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Ross Stores ( ROST) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Ross Stores rose $0.71 (1.1%) to $67.72 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,128,793 shares of Ross Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,301,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $66.69-$67.86 after having opened the day at $66.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.01. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: ( OSTK), up 7.6%, bebe stores ( BEBE), up 4.5%, Rite Aid Corporation ( RAD), up 4.1% and QKL Stores ( QKLS), up 3.8%.

Ross Stores, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates off-price retail apparel and home fashion stores under the Ross Dress for Less and dd's DISCOUNTS brand names in the United States. It primarily offers apparel, accessories, footwear, and home fashions for the entire family. Ross Stores has a market cap of $14.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 23.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Ross Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ross Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Cache ( CACH), down 4.4%, Pharmerica Corporation ( PMC), down 4.0%, LightInTheBox Holding Co Ltd ADR ( LITB), down 3.8% and Sprouts Farmers Market ( SFM), down 3.2% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS) 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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