L Brands Inc (LB): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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L Brands ( LB) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, L Brands fell $1.24 (-2.2%) to $54.47 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,649,060 shares of L Brands exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,939,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $54.14-$55.94 after having opened the day at $55.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.71. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Body Central ( BODY), down 6.0%, Fairway Group Holdings Corp Class A ( FWM), down 4.0%, Big Lots ( BIG), down 3.6% and Restoration Hardware Holdings ( RH), down 3.6%.

L Brands, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of women's intimate and other apparel, beauty and personal care products, and accessories. L Brands has a market cap of $16.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 9.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate L Brands a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates L Brands as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall.

On the positive front, Builders FirstSource ( BLDR), up 5.1%, Citi Trends ( CTRN), up 4.5%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), up 4.3% and E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), up 4.3% , were all gainers within the retail industry with Rite Aid Corporation ( RAD) 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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