Copart Inc

(

CPRT

) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, Copart Inc rose 21 cents (0.5%) to $42.31 on light volume. Throughout the day, 247,383 shares of Copart Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 352,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $41.91-$42.50 after having opened the day at $41.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.10. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were:

Lentuo International Inc

(

LAS

), up 5.2%,

Dreams Incorporated

(

DRJ

), up 4.1%,

Zagg Inc

(

ZAGG

), up 3.9%, and

Trans World Entertainment

(

TWMC

), up 2.7%.

Copart, Inc. provides online auctions and vehicle remarketing services in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Copart Inc has a market cap of $2.77 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.4, below the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio of 19.6 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Copart 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, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front,

Netflix Inc

(

NFLX

), down 6.8%,

Zale Corporation

(

ZLC

), down 5.8%,

Big five Sporting Goods Corporation

(

BGFV

), down 5.5%, and

OfficeMax Inc

(

OMX

), down 3.8%, were all losers within the specialty retail industry with

Tractor Supply

(

TSCO

) 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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