Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc (RH): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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Restoration Hardware Holdings ( RH) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Restoration Hardware Holdings fell $1.80 (-2.9%) to $59.95 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,252,958 shares of Restoration Hardware Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 976,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $59.37-$62.17 after having opened the day at $61.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.75. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Body Central ( BODY), down 11.1%, Stage Stores ( SSI), down 9.9%, Acorn International ( ATV), down 9.6% and LightInTheBox ( LITB), down 8.2%.

Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the retail of home furnishings. Its product categories include furniture, lighting, textiles, bathware, decor, outdoor and garden, tableware, and children's furnishings. Restoration Hardware Holdings has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 8.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Restoration Hardware Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Restoration Hardware Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

On the positive front, Susser Holdings ( SUSS), up 36.3%, JC Penney ( JCP), up 9.0%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), up 5.3% and Best Buy ( BBY), up 4.8% , 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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