Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.6%. By the end of trading, Wal-Mart Stores fell $0.93 (-1.3%) to $71.87 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,518,294 shares of Wal-Mart Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,661,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $71.51-$72.42 after having opened the day at $72.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.80. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Liquidity Service ( LQDT), down 11.5%, Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), down 9.0%, Acorn International ( ATV), down 7.5% and Body Central ( BODY), down 5.8%.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. Wal-Mart Stores has a market cap of $246.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 11.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Wal-Mart Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wal-Mart Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, China Nepstar Chain Drugstore ( NPD), up 5.1%, Alon Blue Square Israel ( BSI), up 4.3%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), up 3.8% and China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), up 2.5%.

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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