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Tractor Supply

(

TSCO

) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Tractor Supply rose $0.76 (1.2%) to $66.44 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,198,296 shares of Tractor Supply exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,256,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $65.32-$67.12 after having opened the day at $66.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.68. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were:

CST Brands

(

CST

), up 8.9%,

DGSE Companies

(

DGSE

), up 7.5%,

Rent-A-Center

(

RCII

), up 5.8% and

Outerwall

(

OUTR

), up 3.9%.

Tractor Supply Company operates retail farm and ranch stores in the United States. Tractor Supply has a market cap of $9.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Tractor Supply a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, 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 negative front,

Sport Chalet

TheStreet Recommends

(

SPCHB

), down 4.4%,

Odyssey Marine Exploration

(

OMEX

), down 2.9%,

Trans World Entertainment

(

TWMC

), down 2.6% and

Lentuo International

(

LAS

), down 2.5% , were all laggards within the specialty retail industry with

Sothebys

(

BID

) being today's specialty retail industry laggard.

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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