NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Stage Stores (NYSE: SSI) is trading at unusually high volume Friday with 1.1 million shares changing hands. It is currently at four times its average daily volume and trading up $1.63 (+9.8%) at $18.18 as of 3:31 p.m. ET. Stage Stores has a market cap of $618.1 million and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are down 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Stage Stores, Inc. operates as a specialty department store retailer in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.1, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 15.6. TheStreet Ratings rates Stage Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. You can view the full Stage Stores Ratings Report. See all heavy volume stocks in our stocks moving on unusual volume list or get investment ideas from our investment research center. Interested in other stocks that are rising on unusually high volume? Get free SMS text alerts sent to you when the action happens by texting HVUP to 95370 or select from multiple alert options.