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Dick's Sporting Goods

(

DKS

) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Dick's Sporting Goods fell 94 cents (-1.9%) to $48.88 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of Dick's Sporting Goods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $48.80-$49.57 after having opened the day at $49.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.82. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were:

Sport Chalet

(

SPCHB

), down 11.3%,

Zale Corporation

(

ZLC

), down 3.9%,

CSS Industries

(

CSS

), down 3.8%, and

KAR Auction Services

(

KAR

), down 3.4%.

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Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. operates as a sporting goods retailer in the United States. Dick's Sporting Goods has a market cap of $4.77 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.8, above the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio of 22.8 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 34.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Dick's Sporting Goods a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dick's Sporting Goods as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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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