GameStop Corp (GME): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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GameStop ( GME) 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, GameStop fell $0.78 (-1.6%) to $49.65 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,307,579 shares of GameStop exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,230,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $49.55-$50.52 after having opened the day at $50.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.43. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: 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%.

GameStop Corp. operates as a video game retailer. GameStop has a market cap of $6.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 103.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate GameStop a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates GameStop as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the retail industry with L Brands ( LTD) 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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