The

specialty retail

industry closed the day up 1.2%.

iParty Corporation

(

IPT

),

Asbury Automotive Group Inc

(

ABG

),

Zale Corporation

(

ZLC

), and

Blue Nile Inc

(

NILE

) were all decliners today within the specialty retail industry with

Vitamin Shoppe Inc

(

VSI

) being today's featured specialty retail loser. Vitamin Shoppe Inc fell $2.17 (-5.5%) to $37.42 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Vitamin Shoppe Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 429,500 shares.

Vitamin Shoppe, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer and direct marketer of nutritional products. Vitamin Shoppe Inc has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.9, below the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio of 33.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vitamin Shoppe as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the positive front,

Birks & Mayors Inc

(

BMJ

),

Charles & Colvard

(

CTHR

),

Perfumania Holdings Inc

(

PERF

), and

Sport Chalet Inc

(

SPCHB

) were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with

Netflix Inc

(

NFLX

) being today's featured specialty retail industry winner.

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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