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Five Below Inc (FIVE): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

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Five Below ( FIVE) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Five Below rose $0.94 (1.8%) to $53.61 on light volume. Throughout the day, 559,223 shares of Five Below exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 929,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $52.43-$53.62 after having opened the day at $52.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.67. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Lentuo International ( LAS), up 8.5%, Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), up 6.8%, CSS Industries ( CSS), up 6.8% and Mecox Lane ( MCOX), up 4.2%.

Five Below, Inc. operates as a specialty value retailer in the United States. The company offers various products priced at $5 and below. Five Below has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 63.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Five Below a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Five Below as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and robust revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including premium valuation and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Zale Corporation ( ZLC), down 4.3%, 1-800 Flowers.com ( FLWS), down 3.5%, United Online ( UNTD), down 3.1% and Murphy USA ( MUSA), down 3.1% , were all laggards within the specialty retail industry with Sothebys ( BID) 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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