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Tractor Supply

(

TSCO

) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Tractor Supply fell $1.36 (-1.9%) to $71.84 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,329,667 shares of Tractor Supply exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,754,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $71.70-$73.73 after having opened the day at $73.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.20. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were:

Charles & Colvard

(

CTHR

), down 7.0%,

DGSE Companies

(

DGSE

), down 5.4%,

Dover Saddlery

(

DOVR

), down 3.7% and

Cabela's

(

CAB

), down 3.1%.

Tractor Supply Company operates retail farm and ranch stores in the United States. Tractor Supply has a market cap of $10.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 5.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Tractor Supply a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Tractor Supply

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, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front,

Vitacost.com

(

VITC

), up 4.5%,

Luxottica Group

(

LUX

), up 4.3%,

1-800 Flowers.com

(

FLWS

), up 3.1% and

Trans World Entertainment

(

TWMC

), up 3.1% , were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with

PetSmart

(

PETM

) 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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