Kroger Co (KR): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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Kroger ( KR) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Kroger rose $1.29 (3.0%) to $43.68 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 10,073,903 shares of Kroger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,007,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $42.28-$43.73 after having opened the day at $42.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.39. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), up 18.4%, E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), up 4.4%, Acorn International ( ATV), up 4.2% and GameStop ( GME), up 3.8%.

The Kroger Co., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer in the United States. The company also manufactures and processes food for sale in its supermarkets. It operates retail food and drug stores, multi-department stores, jewelry stores, and convenience stores. Kroger has a market cap of $21.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Kroger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kroger as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, dELiA*s ( DLIA), down 6.2%, HHGregg Incorporated ( HGG), down 5.3%, BioScrip ( BIOS), down 5.0% and Overstock.com ( OSTK), down 4.2% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Target ( TGT) 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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