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 down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Tractor Supply rose $1.32 (1.4%) to $99.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 748,705 shares of Tractor Supply exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 838,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $98.01-$99.50 after having opened the day at $98.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $97.98. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were:

Sport Chalet

(

SPCHA

), up 6.2%,

Books-A-Million

(

BAMM

), up 5.2%,

America's Car-Mart

(

CRMT

), up 4.1%, and

Barnes & Noble

(

BKS

), up 3.6%.

Tractor Supply Company operates retail farm and ranch stores in the United States. Tractor Supply has a market cap of $6.97 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.2, 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 39.7% 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 seven 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 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 negative front,

Lentuo International

(

LAS

), down 7%,

Zale Corporation

(

ZLC

), down 6.8%,

Tiffany

(

TIF

), down 6.8%, and

Titan Machinery

(

TITN

), down 3.8%, were all losers within the specialty retail industry with

Signet Jewelers

(

SIG

) being today's specialty retail industry loser.

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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