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KAR Auction Services Inc. (KAR): 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.

KAR Auction Services ( KAR) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.0%. By the end of trading, KAR Auction Services rose $0.44 (1.6%) to $28.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,964,327 shares of KAR Auction Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,715,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $27.82-$28.31 after having opened the day at $27.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.75. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: China Auto Logistics ( CALI), up 8.9%, DGSE Companies ( DGSE), up 5.0%, Barnes & Noble ( BKS), up 2.4% and West Marine ( WMAR), up 1.8%.

KAR Auction Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides vehicle auction services in North America. It operates in three segments: ADESA Auctions, IAA, and AFC. KAR Auction Services has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 37.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate KAR Auction Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates KAR Auction Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, TravelCenters of America ( TA), down 5.9%, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 5.3%, Odyssey Marine Exploration ( OMEX), down 5.3% and Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), down 5.2% , were all laggards within the specialty retail industry with Tiffany ( TIF) 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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