Dollar Tree Stores Inc. (DLTR): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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Dollar Tree Stores ( DLTR) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Dollar Tree Stores rose $0.83 (1.6%) to $54.12 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,763,237 shares of Dollar Tree Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,511,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $53.75-$54.57 after having opened the day at $54.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.29. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: RadioShack ( RSH), up 12.9%, Acorn International ( ATV), up 9.6%, Big Lots ( BIG), up 5.5% and LightInTheBox ( LITB), up 5.0%.

Dollar Tree, Inc. operates discount variety stores in the United States and Canada. Its stores offer merchandise at the fixed price of $1.00. Dollar Tree Stores has a market cap of $11.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 31.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Dollar Tree Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dollar Tree Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. 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 negative front, Body Central ( BODY), down 4.9%, Bon-Ton Stores ( BONT), down 3.7%, Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), down 3.4% and bebe stores ( BEBE), down 3.2% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Kroger ( KR) 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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