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Dick's Sporting Goods

(

DKS

) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Dick's Sporting Goods rose 40 cents (0.9%) to $47.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 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 a price between $46-$47.16 after having opened the day at $46.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.71. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were:

iParty Corporation

(

IPT

), up 10%,

Birks & Mayors

(

BMJ

), up 7.8%,

Mecox Lane

(

MCOX

), up 5.2%, and

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(

AM

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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 $4.39 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21, equal to the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.9% 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 eight 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Sport Chalet

(

SPCHB

), down 9.3%,

Big five Sporting Goods Corporation

(

BGFV

), down 4.5%,

Barnes & Noble

(

BKS

), down 4.3%, and

Charles & Colvard

(

CTHR

), down 3.5%, 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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