Tiffany

(

TIF

) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 2.3%. By the end of trading, Tiffany rose $1.39 (2.5%) to $57.43 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.9 million shares of Tiffany exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $56.49-$58.11 after having opened the day at $56.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.04. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were:

Medifast

(

MED

), up 26.5%,

Rush

(

RUSHB

), up 10.8%,

Rush

(

RUSHA

), up 8.8%, and

Five Below

(

FIVE

), up 6.3%.

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Tiffany & Co., through its subsidiaries, engages in the design, manufacture, and retail of fine jewelry worldwide. Tiffany has a market cap of $6.93 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16, equal to the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Tiffany a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tiffany as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

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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