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Tractor Supply



) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Tractor Supply fell $1.26 (-1.5%) to $81.82 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of Tractor Supply exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $80.59-$82.87 after having opened the day at $82.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.08. Other company's within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were:

Sport Chalet



), down 9.3%,

Big five Sporting Goods Corporation



), down 4.5%,

Barnes & Noble



), down 4.3%, and

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Tractor Supply Company operates retail farm and ranch stores in the United States. Tractor Supply has a market cap of $6.25 billion and is part of the


sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.1, 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 23.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Tractor Supply a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tractor Supply as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. 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,

iParty Corporation



), up 10%,

Birks & Mayors



), up 7.8%,

Mecox Lane



), up 5.2%, and

American Greetings Corporation



), up 3.4%, were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with

Dick's Sporting Goods



) being today's featured specialty retail industry winner.

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