Foot Locker Inc (FL): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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Foot Locker ( FL) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Foot Locker fell $0.64 (-1.9%) to $34.01 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,398,312 shares of Foot Locker exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,465,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $33.96-$34.70 after having opened the day at $34.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.65. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), down 7.4%, Liberty Interactive ( LINTB), down 7.1%, Pier 1 Imports ( PIR), down 4.9% and Destination XL Group ( DXLG), down 4.2%.

Foot Locker, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of athletic footwear and apparel. The company operates in two segments, Athletic Stores and Direct-to-Customers. Foot Locker has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 7.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Foot Locker a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Foot Locker as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Acorn International ( ATV), up 9.9%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 8.3%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), up 7.9% and Pep Boys - Manny Moe & Jack ( PBY), up 3.8%.

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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