Sally Beauty Holdings Inc

(

SBH

) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.7%. By the end of trading, Sally Beauty Holdings Inc rose 15 cents (0.8%) to $19.25 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.1 million shares of Sally Beauty Holdings Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $18.95-$19.39 after having opened the day at $18.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.10. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were:

Perfumania Holdings Inc

(

PERF

), up 7.1% and

iParty Corporation

(

IPT

), up 3.3%.

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the distribution and retail of professional beauty supplies. The company operates in two segments, Sally Beauty Supply and Beauty Systems Group. Sally Beauty Holdings Inc has a market cap of $3.55 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.9, equal to the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sally Beauty as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front,

Hastings Entertainment Inc

(

HAST

), down 12.1%,

Barnes & Noble Inc

(

BKS

), down 10.9%,

1-800 Flowers.com Inc

(

FLWS

), down 8.5%, and

Lithia Motors Inc

(

LAD

), down 6.5%, were all losers within the specialty retail industry with

Tiffany

(

TIF

) 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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