Amazon.com Inc (AMZN): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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Amazon.com ( AMZN) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Amazon.com fell $5.75 (-1.8%) to $314.76 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,626,431 shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,460,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $313.02-$322.92 after having opened the day at $320.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $320.51. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: 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%.

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $143.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 25.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 24 analysts that rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amazon.com 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 good cash flow from operations. 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, 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% , were all gainers within the retail industry with Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS) 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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