Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST) 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, Costco Wholesale Corporation rose $1.93 (1.6%) to $119.25 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,796,444 shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,492,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $117.50-$119.34 after having opened the day at $117.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $117.32. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), up 10.9%, Liquidity Service ( LQDT), up 7.6%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), up 6.7% and New York & Company ( NWY), up 5.5%.

Costco Wholesale Corporation engages in the operation of membership warehouses. The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. Costco Wholesale Corporation has a market cap of $50.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 18.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Costco Wholesale Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Costco Wholesale Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Restoration Hardware Holdings ( RH), down 11.9%, ValueVision Media ( VVTV), down 6.5%, ( OSTK), down 5.7% and E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), down 4.8% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Kohl's ( KSS) 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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