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Signet Jewelers Ltd (SIG): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Laggard

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

Signet Jewelers ( SIG) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Signet Jewelers fell $1.47 (-2.8%) to $51.52 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.8 million shares of Signet Jewelers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 645,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $50.80-$52.44 after having opened the day at $52.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.99. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: America's Car-Mart ( CRMT), down 11.2%, Birks & Mayors ( BMJ), down 10%, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 9.8%, and Bluefly ( BFLY), down 4.4%.

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Signet Jewelers Limited operates as a specialty jewelry retailer in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and the Channel Islands. The company retails jewelry, watches, and associated services. Signet Jewelers has a market cap of $4.17 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Signet Jewelers a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Signet Jewelers as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Lentuo International ( LAS), up 20.4%, Hollywood Media Corporation ( HOLL), up 8.3%, Brown Shoe Company ( BWS), up 6.9%, and Ferrellgas Partners ( FGP), up 6%, were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with Coinstar ( CSTR) being today's featured specialty retail industry leader.

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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