Walgreen Company (WAG): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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Walgreen Company ( WAG) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Walgreen Company fell $1.61 (-2.4%) to $64.78 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,241,674 shares of Walgreen Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,480,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $64.58-$66.82 after having opened the day at $66.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.39. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: GNC Holdings ( GNC), down 14.6%, Stamps.com ( STMP), down 6.9%, Men's Wearhouse ( MW), down 5.3% and Liberator Medical Holdings ( LBMH), down 5.2%.

Walgreen Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates a network of drugstores in the United States. It provides consumer goods and services, pharmacy, and health and wellness services through drugstores, as well as through mail, and by telephone and online. Walgreen Company has a market cap of $62.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 15.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Walgreen Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walgreen Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Vitacost.com ( VITC), up 6.7%, Weis Markets ( WMK), up 6.5%, Acorn International ( ATV), up 5.9% and BioScrip ( BIOS), up 3.6% , were all gainers within the retail industry with Dollar General Corporation ( DG) 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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