Conn's Inc. (CONN): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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Conn's ( CONN) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.8%. By the end of trading, Conn's fell $1.45 (-2.5%) to $55.42 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,252,074 shares of Conn's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,129,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $55.20-$58.27 after having opened the day at $56.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.87. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: 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%.

Conn's, Inc. is engaged in the specialty retail of durable consumer products in the United States. Conn's has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 27.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Conn's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Conn's 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, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the retail industry with Amazon.com ( AMZN) 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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