L Brands Inc (LTD): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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L Brands ( LTD) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, L Brands rose $0.77 (1.3%) to $61.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,864,412 shares of L Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,931,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $59.75-$61.26 after having opened the day at $60.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.34. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), up 17.6%, E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), up 5.1%, ValueVision Media ( VVTV), up 4.9% and Coastal Contacts ( COA), up 4.1%.

L Brands, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of women's intimate and other apparel, beauty and personal care products, and accessories. L Brands has a market cap of $17.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 27.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate L Brands a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates L Brands as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, J.C. Penney ( JCP), down 13.2%, RadioShack ( RSH), down 11.1%, U.S. Auto Parts Network ( PRTS), down 7.1% and Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), down 5.5% , were all laggards within the retail industry with GameStop ( GME) 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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