Sears Holdings Corporation (SHLD): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Sears Holdings Corporation fell $4.65 (-7.7%) to $55.55 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,216,476 shares of Sears Holdings Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,111,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $55.55-$60.28 after having opened the day at $59.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.20. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Gordman's Stores ( GMAN), down 9.5%, U.S. Auto Parts Network ( PRTS), down 5.6%, Stamps.com ( STMP), down 4.1% and Cache ( CACH), down 3.3%.

Sears Holdings Corporation operates as a specialty retailer in the United States and Canada. The company's Kmart segment operates stores that sell merchandise under Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer labels; and Sears brand products, such as Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard. Sears Holdings Corporation has a market cap of $6.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 53.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Sears Holdings Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sears Holdings Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, PC Connection ( PCCC), up 8.0%, Roundys ( RNDY), up 6.7%, Abercrombie & Fitch Company ( ANF), up 5.8% and Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), up 5.5% , 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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