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Outerwall

(

OUTR

) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Outerwall rose $1.45 (2.1%) to $70.62 on average volume. Throughout the day, 886,558 shares of Outerwall exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 875,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $68.68-$70.75 after having opened the day at $68.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.17. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were:

Signet Jewelers

(

SIG

), up 6.8%,

Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation

(

BGFV

), up 5.4%,

Francescas Holdings

(

FRAN

), up 3.5% and

Dover Saddlery

(

DOVR

), up 3.2%.

Outerwall Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides automated retail solutions primarily in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Outerwall has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Outerwall a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Outerwall

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front,

Charles & Colvard

(

CTHR

), down 20.2%,

Lentuo International

(

LAS

), down 5.7%,

Sport Chalet

(

SPCHA

), down 4.7% and

Trans World Entertainment

(

TWMC

), down 3.4%.

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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