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 $6.20 (4.3%) to $148.73 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,368,441 shares of Vipshop Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,441,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $139.03-$149.00 after having opened the day at $141.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $142.53. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), up 14.1%, Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores ( SHOS), up 5.6%, dELiA*s ( DLIA), up 5.3% and Body Central ( BODY), up 5.0%.

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 $7.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 70.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Vipshop Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vipshop Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, RadioShack ( RSH), down 16.6%, ALCO Stores ( ALCS), down 3.6%, BioScrip ( BIOS), down 3.5% and Macy's ( M), down 3.1% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Gap ( GPS) 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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