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Tractor Supply (TSCO): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Laggard

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Tractor Supply ( TSCO) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Tractor Supply fell $1.54 (-2.2%) to $67.46 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5,118,776 shares of Tractor Supply exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,565,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $64.63-$68.16 after having opened the day at $65.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.00. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), down 12.0%, Pantry ( PTRY), down 2.8%, PCM ( PCMI), down 2.7% and Lentuo International ( LAS), down 2.6%.

Tractor Supply Company operates retail farm and ranch stores in the United States. Tractor Supply has a market cap of $9.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Tractor Supply a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tractor Supply as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front, Sport Chalet ( SPCHB), up 13.1%, 1-800 Flowers.com ( FLWS), up 7.3%, AutoNation ( AN), up 6.1% and Mecox Lane ( MCOX), up 5.7% , were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with Tiffany ( TIF) 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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