Coinstar

(

CSTR

) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Coinstar fell $1.38 (-2.3%) to $59.27 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of Coinstar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $57.89-$60.89 after having opened the day at $60.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.65. Other company's within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were:

Netflix

(

NFLX

), down 25%,

Birks & Mayors

(

BMJ

), down 6.8%,

EZCorp

(

EZPW

), down 4%, and

1-800 Flowers.com Inc. Class A

(

FLWS

), down 3.6%.

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Coinstar, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides automated retail solutions primarily in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Coinstar has a market cap of $1.91 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.6, below the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio of 13.1 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Coinstar a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coinstar as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. 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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