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Sothebys

(

BID

) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Sothebys fell $0.93 (-1.8%) to $51.28 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,134,731 shares of Sothebys exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,263,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $51.14-$52.67 after having opened the day at $52.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.21. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were:

Zale Corporation

(

ZLC

), down 4.3%,

1-800 Flowers.com

(

FLWS

), down 3.5%,

United Online

(

UNTD

), down 3.1% and

Murphy USA

(

MUSA

), down 3.1%.

Sotheby's operates as an auctioneer of authenticated fine art, decorative art, and jewelry. The company operates in three segments: Auction, Finance, and Dealer. Sothebys has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 55.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Sothebys a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Sothebys

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front,

Lentuo International

TST Recommends

(

LAS

), up 8.5%,

Hastings Entertainment

(

HAST

), up 6.8%,

CSS Industries

(

CSS

), up 6.8% and

Mecox Lane

(

MCOX

), up 4.2% , were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with

Five Below

(

FIVE

) being today's featured specialty retail industry leader.

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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