Coinstar

(

CSTR

) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Coinstar rose $1.59 (2.6%) to $62.25 on light volume. Throughout the day, 745,354 shares of Coinstar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $60.89-$62.36 after having opened the day at $60.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.66. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were:

Sport Chalet

(

SPCHB

), up 7%,

MarineMax

(

HZO

), up 5.7%,

America's Car-Mart

(

CRMT

), up 4.4%, and

Luxottica Group

(

LUX

), up 4.4%.

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 $1.9 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 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 Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Coinstar a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front,

Tractor Supply

(

TSCO

), down 7.2%,

Zagg

(

ZAGG

), down 2.8%, and

Mecox Lane

(

MCOX

), down 1.7%, were all losers within the specialty retail industry with

Hibbett Sports

(

HIBB

) being today's specialty retail industry loser.

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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