EBay Inc (EBAY): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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eBay ( EBAY) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, eBay fell $0.96 (-1.7%) to $54.21 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,457,346 shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,475,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $54.02-$55.18 after having opened the day at $55.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.17. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: J.C. Penney ( JCP), down 15.0%, Stein Mart ( SMRT), down 4.8%, ValueVision Media ( VVTV), down 3.4% and Gaiam Inc. Class A ( GAIA), down 3.2%.

eBay Inc. provides online platforms, tools, and services to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $70.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 7.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 24 analysts that rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Ascena Retail Group ( ASNA), up 15.8%, U.S. Auto Parts Network ( PRTS), up 11.5%, BioScrip ( BIOS), up 8.5% and Men's Wearhouse ( MW), up 3.7% , were all gainers within the retail industry with AutoZone ( AZO) 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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