Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc (RH): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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Restoration Hardware Holdings ( RH) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Restoration Hardware Holdings fell $2.06 (-3.0%) to $65.59 on average volume. Throughout the day, 964,112 shares of Restoration Hardware Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,043,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $65.34-$68.12 after having opened the day at $68.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.65. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: LightInTheBox ( LITB), down 5.5%, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), down 3.7%, Acorn International ( ATV), down 3.2% and Gordman's Stores ( GMAN), down 3.2%.

Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the retail of home furnishings. Restoration Hardware Holdings has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 100.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Restoration Hardware Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Restoration Hardware Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

On the positive front, Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), up 7.4%, J.C. Penney ( JCP), up 5.5%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 5.3% and Vitacost.com ( VITC), up 5.1% , were all gainers within the retail industry with Dollar General Corporation ( DG) 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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