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Tiffany & Co. (TIF): 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.

Tiffany ( TIF) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Tiffany fell 82 cents (-1.4%) to $58.98 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4.6 million shares of Tiffany exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $57.87-$59.49 after having opened the day at $58.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.80. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: Bluefly ( BFLY), down 19.6%, Birks & Mayors ( BMJ), down 7.1%, Lentuo International ( LAS), down 5.7%, and KAR Auction Services ( KAR), down 4.5%.

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Tiffany & Co., through its subsidiaries, engages in the design, manufacture, and retail of fine jewelry worldwide. Tiffany has a market cap of $8.07 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Tiffany a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tiffany as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Five Below ( FIVE), up 18.4%, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), up 3.9%, Hollywood Media Corporation ( HOLL), up 3.7%, and XO Group ( XOXO), up 3.4%, were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with PetSmart ( PETM) 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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