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 0.5%. By the end of trading, Amazon.com fell $5.59 (-1.4%) to $382.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,413,407 shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,916,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $382.00-$388.98 after having opened the day at $387.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $387.78. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: U.S. Auto Parts Network ( PRTS), down 7.6%, E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), down 6.4%, Pharmerica Corporation ( PMC), down 5.7% and Wet Seal ( WTSL), down 5.3%.

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 $176.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 1374.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 53.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 23 analysts that rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the positive front, Pantry ( PTRY), up 8.3%, Burlington Stores ( BURL), up 8.3%, Tuesday Morning Corporation ( TUES), up 5.6% and Roundys ( RNDY), up 5.4% , were all gainers within the retail industry with Walgreen Company ( WAG) 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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