Netflix Inc

(

NFLX

) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 3.9%. By the end of trading, Netflix Inc rose $6.09 (9.5%) to $69.95 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.9 million shares of Netflix Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $66.81-$70.76 after having opened the day at $67.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.86. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were:

Big five Sporting Goods Corporation

(

BGFV

), up 14.8%,

Zale Corporation

(

ZLC

), up 13.6%,

iParty Corporation

(

IPT

), up 11.7%, and

West Marine Inc

(

WMAR

), up 10.8%.

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 $3.7 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.6, below the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio of 16 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 63.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and robust revenue growth. 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,

Francescas Holdings

(

FRAN

), down 5.8%,

Dover Saddlery Inc

(

DOVR

), down 5.6%,

Dreams Incorporated

(

DRJ

), down 3%, and

Sport Chalet Inc

(

SPCHA

), down 1.8%, were all losers within the specialty retail industry with

Zagg Inc

(

ZAGG

) 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

).

null