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EZCorp Inc. (EZPW): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

EZCorp Inc ( EZPW) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 3.6%. By the end of trading, EZCorp Inc rose 61 cents (2.1%) to $29.03 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, one million shares of EZCorp Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 572,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $28.59-$30 after having opened the day at $29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.42. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Barnes & Noble Inc ( BKS), up 13.7%, Trans World Entertainment ( TWMC), up 8.6%, Rush Enterprises Inc ( RUSHB), up 2.6%, and Books-A-Million Inc ( BAMM), up 2.2%.

EZCORP, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides specialty consumer financial services. EZCorp Inc has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.4, equal to the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates EZCorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Blue Nile Inc ( NILE), down 32.8%, Francescas Holdings ( FRAN), down 10.6%, Titan Machinery Inc ( TITN), down 7.8%, and Zale Corporation ( ZLC), down 7.3%, were all losers within the specialty retail industry with Tiffany ( TIF) being today's specialty retail industry loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the specialty retail industry could consider SPDR S&P Retail ETF ( XRT) while those bearish on the specialty retail industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

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