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Netflix Inc. (NFLX): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Laggard

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.

Netflix ( NFLX) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, Netflix fell $9.01 (-2.7%) to $321.72 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,481,910 shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,094,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $318.05-$334.50 after having opened the day at $331.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $330.73. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: Zale Corporation ( ZLC), down 7.0%, CSS Industries ( CSS), down 4.7%, West Marine ( WMAR), down 4.6% and Charles & Colvard ( CTHR), down 3.9%.

Netflix, Inc. provides Internet television network service that enables subscribers to stream TV shows and movies directly on TVs, computers, and mobile devices in the United States and internationally. Netflix has a market cap of $18.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 231.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Netflix a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, premium valuation and generally higher debt management risk.

On the positive front, Lentuo International ( LAS), up 5.0%, Books-A-Million ( BAMM), up 4.3%, Outerwall ( OUTR), up 1.9% and Five Below ( FIVE), up 1.7% , were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with Sothebys ( BID) 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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