Walgreen Company (WAG): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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Walgreen Company ( WAG) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Walgreen Company rose $2.10 (3.7%) to $59.04 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 14,891,622 shares of Walgreen Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,726,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $54.86-$59.15 after having opened the day at $55.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.94. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: U.S. Auto Parts Network ( PRTS), up 14.2%, Gordman's Stores ( GMAN), up 12.6%, Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), up 11.4% and Susser Holdings Corporation ( SUSS), up 5.7%.

Walgreen Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates a network of drugstores in the United States. It provides consumer goods and services, pharmacy, and health and wellness services through drugstores, as well as through mail, and by telephone and online. Walgreen Company has a market cap of $54.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 53.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Walgreen Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walgreen Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, ALCO Stores ( ALCS), down 5.1%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), down 4.3%, Best Buy ( BBY), down 4.1% and dELiA*s ( DLIA), down 3.6% , were all laggards within the retail industry with GameStop ( GME) being today's retail industry laggard.

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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