Vipshop Holdings Ltd (VIPS): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Vipshop Holdings fell $2.38 (-2.1%) to $109.64 on average volume. Throughout the day, 915,972 shares of Vipshop Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 939,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $108.32-$115.00 after having opened the day at $112.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $112.02. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: LightInTheBox ( LITB), down 4.4%, Wet Seal ( WTSL), down 3.3%, Kirkland's ( KIRK), down 3.1% and Pep Boys - Manny Moe & Jack ( PBY), down 2.5%.

Vipshop Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as an online discount retailer for various brands in the People's Republic of China. Vipshop Holdings has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 33.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Vipshop Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vipshop Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the positive front, Haverty Furniture Companies ( HVT.A), up 11.2%, Haverty Furniture Companies ( HVT), up 9.3%, Acorn International ( ATV), up 8.9% and Dillards ( DDS), up 7.9% , were all gainers within the retail industry with Lowe's Companies ( LOW) 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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