Cintas Corporation (CTAS): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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Cintas Corporation ( CTAS) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Cintas Corporation rose $2.36 (4.0%) to $61.66 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,847,885 shares of Cintas Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 586,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $60.70-$62.70 after having opened the day at $61.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.30. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Tile Shop Holdings ( TTS), up 13.9%, China Nepstar Chain Drugstore ( NPD), up 12.8%, dELiA*s ( DLIA), up 8.6% and Builders FirstSource ( BLDR), up 6.5%.

Cintas Corporation provides corporate identity uniforms and related business services for approximately 1 million businesses primarily in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Cintas Corporation has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Cintas Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cintas Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Acorn International ( ATV), down 6.7%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), down 5.1%, Gaiam ( GAIA), down 4.1% and New York & Company ( NWY), down 3.8% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST) 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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