Macy's Inc (M): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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Macy's ( M) 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, Macy's rose $1.22 (2.7%) to $46.02 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,467,823 shares of Macy's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,364,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $44.80-$46.03 after having opened the day at $44.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.80. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), up 6.3%, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), up 5.8%, Jos A Bank Clothiers ( JOSB), up 5.6% and J.C. Penney ( JCP), up 5.3%.

Macy's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates stores and Internet Websites in the United States. Macy's has a market cap of $17.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Macy's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macy's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Conn's ( CONN), down 11.6%, Acorn International ( ATV), down 5.6%, Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), down 3.7% and Zumiez ( ZUMZ), down 3.5% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Home Depot ( HD) 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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