Rite Aid Corporation (RAD): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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Rite Aid Corporation ( RAD) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Rite Aid Corporation fell $0.12 (-1.7%) to $7.04 on average volume. Throughout the day, 25,262,087 shares of Rite Aid Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23,809,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $7.04-$7.28 after having opened the day at $7.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.16. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Cache ( CACH), down 3.4%, Alon Blue Square Israel ( BSI), down 3.3%, Village Super Market ( VLGEA), down 3.2% and Fairway Group Holdings Corp Class A ( FWM), down 3.2%.

Rite Aid Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates a chain of retail drugstores in the United States. Rite Aid Corporation has a market cap of $6.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 41.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Rite Aid Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rite Aid Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, J.C. Penney ( JCP), up 9.2%, BioScrip ( BIOS), up 4.4%, Wet Seal ( WTSL), up 4.3% and QKL Stores ( QKLS), up 4.1% , were all gainers within the retail industry with Home Depot ( HD) being today's featured retail industry leader.

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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