Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.8%. By the end of trading, Wal-Mart Stores rose $0.92 (1.3%) to $73.51 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,397,241 shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,186,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $72.70-$73.65 after having opened the day at $72.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.59. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Liquidity Service ( LQDT), up 14.9%, E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), up 14.1%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), up 12.8% and Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 9.3%.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $238.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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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