Vipshop Holdings Ltd (VIPS): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Vipshop Holdings fell $1.03 (-2.1%) to $48.68 on light volume. Throughout the day, 382,898 shares of Vipshop Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 677,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $48.54-$50.43 after having opened the day at $50.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.71. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: 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%.

Vipshop Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as an online discount retailer for various brands in the People's Republic of China. Vipshop Holdings has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 178.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Vipshop Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vipshop Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the positive front, Overstock.com ( OSTK), up 7.6%, bebe stores ( BEBE), up 4.5%, Rite Aid Corporation ( RAD), up 4.1% and QKL Stores ( QKLS), up 3.8% , were all gainers within the retail industry with Ross Stores ( ROST) 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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