Sally Beauty Holdings

(

SBH

) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Sally Beauty Holdings rose 30 cents (1.1%) to $26.94 on light volume. Throughout the day, 973,066 shares of Sally Beauty Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.58-$26.96 after having opened the day at $26.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.64. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were:

Lentuo International

(

LAS

), up 12.6%,

Zale Corporation

(

ZLC

), up 8.1%,

iParty Corporation

(

IPT

), up 7.4%, and

Sport Chalet

(

SPCHA

), up 4.2%.

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the distribution and retail of professional beauty supplies primarily in North America, South America, and Europe. The company operates in two segments, Sally Beauty Supply and Beauty Systems Group. Sally Beauty Holdings has a market cap of $4.97 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.7, 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 26.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Sally Beauty Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sally Beauty Holdings 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, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

America's Car-Mart

(

CRMT

), down 8.2%,

MarineMax

(

HZO

), down 3.8%,

Tiffany

(

TIF

), down 2.2%, and

Lithia Motors

(

LAD

), down 1.7%, were all losers within the specialty retail industry with

Staples

(

SPLS

) 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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