The

specialty retail

industry closed the day down 0.1%.

Lentuo International Inc

(

LAS

),

CSS Industries Inc

(

CSS

),

Hollywood Media Corporation

(

HOLL

), and

Mecox Lane

(

MCOX

) were all winners today within the specialty retail industry with

Netflix Inc

(

NFLX

) being today's featured specialty retail winner. Netflix Inc rose $3.28 (4.1%) to $84.14 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8.2 million shares of Netflix Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.9 million shares.

Netflix, Inc. provides subscription based Internet services for TV shows and movies in the United States and internationally. The company allows its subscribers to watch unlimited TV shows and movies streamed over the Internet to their televisions, computers, and mobile devices. Netflix Inc has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18, above the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio of 17.6 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 54% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and generally poor debt management.

On the negative front,

Birks & Mayors Inc

(

BMJ

),

Coinstar Inc

(

CSTR

),

Big five Sporting Goods Corporation

(

BGFV

), and

Group I Automotive Inc

(

GPI

) were all losers within the specialty retail industry with

Vitamin Shoppe Inc

(

VSI

) being today's specialty retail industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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