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 0.5%. By the end of trading, Rite Aid Corporation rose $0.06 (1.3%) to $4.76 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 46,960,543 shares of Rite Aid Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 21,753,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.51-$4.90 after having opened the day at $4.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.70. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), up 16.2%, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage ( NGVC), up 4.9%, U.S. Auto Parts Network ( PRTS), up 3.1% and Destination Maternity ( DEST), up 2.6%.

Rite Aid Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail drugstores in the United States. Rite Aid Corporation has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 263.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the negative front, Stage Stores ( SSI), down 5.5%, Roundys ( RNDY), down 5.3%, CDW ( CDW), down 4.8% and E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), down 4.1% , were all laggards within the retail industry with CVS Caremark ( CVS) 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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