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CarMax Inc. (KMX): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

CarMax ( KMX) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, CarMax rose $0.60 (1.3%) to $48.26 on light volume. Throughout the day, 884,340 shares of CarMax exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,442,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $47.78-$48.31 after having opened the day at $47.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.66. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Lithia Motors ( LAD), up 4.3%, Sothebys ( BID), up 4.2%, Titan Machinery ( TITN), up 2.5% and Mecox Lane ( MCOX), up 2.5%.

CarMax, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of used vehicles in the United States. It operates in two segments, CarMax Sales Operations and CarMax Auto Finance. CarMax has a market cap of $10.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 27.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate CarMax a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CarMax as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Dover Saddlery ( DOVR), down 6.0%, DGSE Companies ( DGSE), down 5.2%, Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), down 3.3% and Trans World Entertainment ( TWMC), down 3.1% , were all laggards within the specialty retail industry with Francescas Holdings ( FRAN) being today's specialty retail industry laggard.

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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