Rite Aid Corporation (RAD): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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Rite Aid Corporation ( RAD) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Rite Aid Corporation rose $0.09 (2.0%) to $4.67 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 69,551,029 shares of Rite Aid Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19,146,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.58-$4.79 after having opened the day at $4.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.58. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Haverty Furniture Companies ( HVT.A), up 7.0%, Haverty Furniture Companies ( HVT), up 5.8%, Gaiam Inc. Class A ( GAIA), up 5.7% and Tilly's ( TLYS), up 4.5%.

Rite Aid Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail drugstores in the United States. Rite Aid Corporation has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 172.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Rite Aid Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rite Aid Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), down 6.6%, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage ( NGVC), down 5.8%, BioScrip ( BIOS), down 4.7% and GameStop ( GME), down 4.7% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Target ( TGT) 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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