Sears Holdings Corporation (SHLD): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.8%. By the end of trading, Sears Holdings Corporation rose $0.79 (2.1%) to $38.15 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,516,893 shares of Sears Holdings Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,805,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.67-$38.95 after having opened the day at $37.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.36. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Gaiam ( GAIA), up 2.7% and China Nepstar Chain Drugstore ( NPD), up 2.6%.

Sears Holdings Corporation operates as a specialty retailer in the United States and Canada. The company's Kmart segment operates stores that sell merchandise under Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer labels; and Sears brand products, such as Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard. Sears Holdings Corporation has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 23.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Sears Holdings Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sears Holdings Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, QKL Stores ( QKLS), down 8.3%, Liberator Medical Holdings ( LBMH), down 7.7%, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage ( NGVC), down 7.5% and dELiA*s ( DLIA), down 7.0% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Home Depot ( HD) 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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