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

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Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Vipshop Holdings rose $4.51 (2.6%) to $175.99 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,319,154 shares of Vipshop Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,113,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $170.19-$180.00 after having opened the day at $170.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $171.48. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: LightInTheBox ( LITB), up 13.5%, Stage Stores ( SSI), up 13.2%, U.S. Auto Parts Network ( PRTS), up 6.9% and QKL Stores ( QKLS), up 6.7%.

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 $9.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 102.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 negative front, Children's Place Retail Stores ( PLCE), down 7.4%, RadioShack ( RSH), down 5.1%, Stein Mart ( SMRT), down 3.7% and ALCO Stores ( ALCS), down 3.4% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Walgreen Company ( WAG) 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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