GameStop Corp (GME): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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GameStop ( GME) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.1%. By the end of trading, GameStop rose $0.68 (1.6%) to $43.52 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,127,591 shares of GameStop exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,697,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $42.09-$43.72 after having opened the day at $42.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.84. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: QKL Stores ( QKLS), up 4.8%, Companhia Brasileira De Distribuicao ( CBD), up 4.0%, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), up 3.5% and Pantry ( PTRY), up 2.8%.

GameStop Corp. operates as a video game retailer. GameStop has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 13.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate GameStop a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates GameStop as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, American Eagle Outfitters ( AEO), down 7.9%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), down 7.2%, Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 6.3% and Express ( EXPR), down 6.3% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Home Depot ( HD) 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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