Amazon.com Inc (AMZN): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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Amazon.com ( AMZN) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.8%. By the end of trading, Amazon.com rose $8.14 (2.4%) to $354.59 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,314,791 shares of Amazon.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,279,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $347.40-$354.82 after having opened the day at $347.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $346.45. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Advance Auto Parts ( AAP), up 12.7%, O'Reilly Automotive ( ORLY), up 9.0%, J.C. Penney ( JCP), up 8.4% and HHGregg Incorporated ( HGG), up 6.2%.

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $159.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 13.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 24 analysts that rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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

On the negative front, Wet Seal ( WTSL), down 8.7%, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), down 4.2%, Roundys ( RNDY), down 2.8% and Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores ( SHOS), down 2.5% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Conn's ( CONN) 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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