AutoNation Inc

(

AN

) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 3.6%. By the end of trading, AutoNation Inc rose 81 cents (2.3%) to $36.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.2 million shares of AutoNation Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.01-$36.62 after having opened the day at $36.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.30. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were:

Sothebys

(

BID

), up 17.1%,

Hastings Entertainment Inc

(

HAST

), up 16.3%,

MarineMax Inc

(

HZO

), up 13.6%, and

CSS Industries Inc

(

CSS

), up 12.4%.

AutoNation, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an automotive retailer in the United States. It offers various automotive products and services, including new vehicles, used vehicles, parts, automotive repair and maintenance services, and automotive finance and insurance products. AutoNation Inc has a market cap of $4.98 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.8, below the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio of 19 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates AutoNation as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

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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