Coinstar Inc

(

CSTR

) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Coinstar Inc fell 92 cents (-2.2%) to $41.42 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.3 million shares of Coinstar Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $40.63-$42.58 after having opened the day at $42.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.34. Other company's within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were:

Birks & Mayors Inc

(

BMJ

), down 11.2%,

iParty Corporation

(

IPT

), down 7.1%,

Brown Shoe Company Inc

(

BWS

), down 5.4%, and

Netflix Inc

(

NFLX

), down 5.4%.

Coinstar, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides automated retail solutions primarily in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Coinstar Inc has a market cap of $1.34 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.2, below the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio of 16.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 25% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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, attractive valuation levels, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

Barnes & Noble Inc

(

BKS

), up 4.3%,

AutoNation Inc

(

AN

), up 3.5%,

DGSE Companies Inc

(

DGSE

), up 3.1%, and

Hollywood Media Corporation

(

HOLL

), up 2.4%, were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with

Staples Inc

(

SPLS

) being today's featured specialty retail industry winner.

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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