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

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Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, Vipshop Holdings fell $12.99 (-8.3%) to $142.59 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,470,328 shares of Vipshop Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,408,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $141.05-$154.45 after having opened the day at $151.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $155.58. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Amazon.com ( AMZN), down 9.9%, Cache ( CACH), down 9.1%, E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), down 8.1% and Overstock.com ( OSTK), down 7.7%.

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 $8.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 85.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 positive front, Body Central ( BODY), up 11.5%, RadioShack ( RSH), up 8.1%, Gordman's Stores ( GMAN), up 6.1% and Wet Seal ( WTSL), up 5.0% , were all gainers within the retail industry with Dollar General ( DG) 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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