CVS Caremark Corp (CVS): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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CVS Caremark ( CVS) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, CVS Caremark rose $0.98 (1.4%) to $73.14 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,473,563 shares of CVS Caremark exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,816,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $72.14-$73.62 after having opened the day at $72.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.16. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 12.7%, Mercadolibre ( MELI), up 10.6%, Fred's ( FRED), up 10.2% and dELiA*s ( DLIA), up 8.0%.

CVS Caremark Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated pharmacy health care services in the United States. The company operates through Pharmacy Services and Retail Pharmacy segments. CVS Caremark has a market cap of $85.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate CVS Caremark a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CVS Caremark 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, increase 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 negative front, Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), down 5.9%, Body Central ( BODY), down 5.7%, Pier 1 Imports ( PIR), down 5.7% and Pharmerica Corporation ( PMC), down 4.7% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS) 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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