CVS Caremark Corp (CVS): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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CVS Caremark ( CVS) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, CVS Caremark fell $1.05 (-1.8%) to $56.75 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 7,500,371 shares of CVS Caremark exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,603,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $56.68-$57.65 after having opened the day at $57.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.80. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: 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%.

CVS Caremark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated pharmacy health care services in the United States. CVS Caremark has a market cap of $71.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 19.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate CVS Caremark a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CVS Caremark as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the retail industry with Rite Aid Corporation ( RAD) 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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