TJX Companies (TJX): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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TJX Companies ( TJX) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, TJX Companies rose $0.73 (1.1%) to $64.05 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,874,459 shares of TJX Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,052,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $63.50-$64.07 after having opened the day at $63.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.32. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Pharmerica Corporation ( PMC), up 27.1%, Francescas Holdings ( FRAN), up 24.4%, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), up 23.9% and Abercrombie & Fitch Company ( ANF), up 12.0%.

The TJX Companies, Inc. operates as an off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the United States and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Marmaxx, HomeGoods, TJX Canada, and TJX Europe. TJX Companies has a market cap of $45.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate TJX Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TJX Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), down 16.0%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 13.8%, Pricesmart ( PSMT), down 8.0% and RadioShack ( RSH), down 6.6% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Whole Foods Market ( WFM) 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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