Vipshop Holdings Ltd (VIPS): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Vipshop Holdings rose $3.44 (5.2%) to $69.22 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,701,668 shares of Vipshop Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 800,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $65.62-$70.00 after having opened the day at $66.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.78. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: U.S. Auto Parts Network ( PRTS), up 5.2%, Coastal Contacts ( COA), up 5.1%, Destination XL Group ( DXLG), up 3.4% and China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), up 3.4%.

Vipshop Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as an online discount retailer for various brands in the People's Republic of China. Vipshop Holdings has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 220.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Vipshop Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vipshop Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the negative front, Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), down 4.2%, RadioShack ( RSH), down 4.1%, Wet Seal ( WTSL), down 3.8% and HHGregg Incorporated ( HGG), down 3.8% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Amazon.com ( AMZN) 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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