Macy's Inc (M): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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Macy's ( M) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Macy's rose $0.53 (1.2%) to $43.97 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,541,526 shares of Macy's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,825,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $43.02-$43.98 after having opened the day at $43.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.44. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), up 17.1%, Acorn International ( ATV), up 10.3%, E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), up 8.5% and Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 8.1%.

Macy's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates stores and Internet Websites in the United States. Macy's has a market cap of $16.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 11.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Macy's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macy's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Village Super Market ( VLGEA), down 6.4%, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage ( NGVC), down 3.2%, Destination XL Group ( DXLG), down 2.8% and Luxottica Group ( LUX), down 2.3% , were all laggards within the retail industry with GNC Holdings ( GNC) 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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