Vipshop Holdings Ltd (VIPS): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Vipshop Holdings rose $3.26 (3.5%) to $96.44 on average volume. Throughout the day, 927,998 shares of Vipshop Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 978,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $89.89-$97.00 after having opened the day at $93.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.18. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Gordman's Stores ( GMAN), up 8.0%, LightInTheBox ( LITB), up 6.7%, Liberator Medical Holdings ( LBMH), up 6.4% and Body Central ( BODY), up 5.7%.

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 $4.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 420.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 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 notable return on equity, robust revenue growth and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the negative front, Restoration Hardware Holdings ( RH), down 6.0%, Cache ( CACH), down 4.5%, Overstock.com ( OSTK), down 3.3% and Tile Shop Holdings ( TTS), down 3.2% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Lowe's Companies ( LOW) 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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