Advance Auto Parts Inc (AAP): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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Advance Auto Parts ( AAP) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Advance Auto Parts fell $0.99 (-1.2%) to $79.38 on light volume. Throughout the day, 413,344 shares of Advance Auto Parts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 650,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $79.26-$80.58 after having opened the day at $80.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.37. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: dELiA*s ( DLIA), down 5.3%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), down 3.7%, E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), down 3.2% and Fresh Market ( TFM), down 2.8%.

Advance Auto Parts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of automotive aftermarket parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items. It operates in two segments, Advance Auto Parts (AAP), and Autopart International (AI). Advance Auto Parts has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 12.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Advance Auto Parts a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Advance Auto Parts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, ValueVision Media ( VVTV), up 6.2%, GameStop ( GME), up 6.1%, Safeway ( SWY), up 6.0% and Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage ( NGVC), up 4.4% , were all gainers within the retail industry with Whole Foods Market ( WFM) 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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