Whole Foods Market Inc. (WFM): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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Whole Foods Market ( WFM) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Whole Foods Market fell $0.78 (-1.4%) to $56.29 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,379,126 shares of Whole Foods Market exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,914,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $56.06-$57.25 after having opened the day at $57.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.07. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), down 7.8%, Pantry ( PTRY), down 4.4%, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), down 3.5% and E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), down 3.4%.

Whole Foods Market, Inc. owns and operates a chain of natural and organic foods supermarkets. The company offers produce, grocery, meat and poultry, seafood, bakery, prepared foods and catering, coffee and tea, nutritional supplements, and vitamins. Whole Foods Market has a market cap of $21.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 1.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Whole Foods Market a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whole Foods Market as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front, QKL Stores ( QKLS), up 11.4%, Rite Aid Corporation ( RAD), up 8.5%, Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), up 5.8% and Citi Trends ( CTRN), up 4.4% , were all gainers within the retail industry with Gap ( GPS) 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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