Family Dollar Stores Inc. (FDO): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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Family Dollar Stores ( FDO) 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, Family Dollar Stores fell $1.66 (-2.3%) to $69.53 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,997,555 shares of Family Dollar Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,444,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $69.48-$72.16 after having opened the day at $71.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.19. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: BioScrip ( BIOS), down 6.4%, Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), down 5.5%, bebe stores ( BEBE), down 3.8% and Aeropostale ( ARO), down 3.3%.

Family Dollar Stores, Inc. operates a chain of self-service retail discount stores primarily for low- and middle-income consumers in the United States. Family Dollar Stores has a market cap of $8.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Family Dollar Stores a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Family Dollar Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Ingles Markets ( IMKTA), up 11.6%, dELiA*s ( DLIA), up 7.3%, Cache ( CACH), up 5.6% and RadioShack ( RSH), up 4.3% , were all gainers within the retail industry with Walgreen Company ( WAG) 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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