Foot Locker Inc (FL): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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Foot Locker ( FL) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Foot Locker rose $0.40 (1.2%) to $33.08 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,051,922 shares of Foot Locker exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,044,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.40-$33.16 after having opened the day at $32.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.68. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Gordman's Stores ( GMAN), up 7.8%, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), up 7.7%, dELiA*s ( DLIA), up 6.1% and Jones Group ( JNY), up 6.1%.

Foot Locker, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of athletic footwear and apparel. The company operates in two segments, Athletic Stores and Direct-to-Customers. Foot Locker has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Foot Locker a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Foot Locker as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, BioScrip ( BIOS), down 18.6%, Cache ( CACH), down 4.5%, J.C. Penney ( JCP), down 3.7% and ValueVision Media ( VVTV), down 3.7% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS) 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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