Costco Wholesale Corp (COST): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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Costco Wholesale ( COST) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Costco Wholesale rose $1.23 (1.1%) to $114.79 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,948,708 shares of Costco Wholesale exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,481,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $113.33-$114.99 after having opened the day at $113.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $113.56. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: SUPERVALU ( SVU), up 11.5%, Sears Holdings ( SHLD), up 6.1%, Bon-Ton Stores ( BONT), up 5.3% and Alon Blue Square Israel ( BSI), up 4.0%.

Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates membership warehouses. The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. Costco Wholesale has a market cap of $50.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Costco Wholesale a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Costco Wholesale as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, GameStop ( GME), down 5.6%, Cache ( CACH), down 5.2%, bebe stores ( BEBE), down 4.0% and Vitacost.com ( VITC), down 3.9% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Lowe's Companies ( LOW) 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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