GameStop Corp (GME): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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GameStop ( GME) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, GameStop fell $1.59 (-3.1%) to $49.61 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,820,750 shares of GameStop exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,777,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $49.46-$51.53 after having opened the day at $51.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.20. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Conn's ( CONN), down 11.9%, PC Connection ( PCCC), down 2.6%, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage ( NGVC), down 2.6% and Mercadolibre ( MELI), down 2.5%.

GameStop Corp. operates as a video game retailer. GameStop has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 104.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate GameStop a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates GameStop as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Zumiez ( ZUMZ), up 11.2%, bebe stores ( BEBE), up 6.4%, Acorn International ( ATV), up 5.9% and Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), up 5.6% , were all gainers within the retail industry with eBay ( EBAY) 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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