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

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Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Vipshop Holdings fell $1.66 (-2.1%) to $75.63 on average volume. Throughout the day, 846,690 shares of Vipshop Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,040,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $74.04-$78.49 after having opened the day at $78.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.29. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: China Nepstar Chain Drugstore ( NPD), down 6.9%, Alon Blue Square Israel ( BSI), down 2.7%, U.S. Auto Parts Network ( PRTS), down 2.7% and Bon-Ton Stores ( BONT), down 2.5%.

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 $4.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 368.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 333.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Vipshop Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates 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, solid stock price performance 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 positive front, E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), up 7.8%, Lumber Liquidators Holdings ( LL), up 6.0%, Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), up 4.5% and Tuesday Morning Corporation ( TUES), up 4.4% , were all gainers within the retail industry with Amazon.com ( AMZN) 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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