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 0.2%. By the end of trading, Vipshop Holdings fell $1.30 (-1.5%) to $83.99 on light volume. Throughout the day, 620,522 shares of Vipshop Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,048,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $82.51-$85.35 after having opened the day at $85.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.29. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), down 6.2%, Stamps.com ( STMP), down 2.8%, Wet Seal ( WTSL), down 2.6% and Bon-Ton Stores ( BONT), down 2.6%.

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 $4.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 378.1% 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, Acorn International ( ATV), up 6.1%, Body Central ( BODY), up 4.8%, Fairway Group Holdings Corp Class A ( FWM), up 4.5% and LightInTheBox ( LITB), up 4.4% , were all gainers within the retail industry with Home Depot ( HD) 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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