The specialty retail industry closed the day up 0.3%. iParty Corporation ( IPT), Midas Inc ( MDS), OfficeMax Inc ( OMX), and Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc ( BBW) were all winners today within the specialty retail industry with EZCorp Inc ( EZPW) being today's featured specialty retail winner. EZCorp Inc rose 90 cents (3.2%) to $29.09 on light volume. Throughout the day, 366,783 shares of EZCorp Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 607,800 shares.

EZCORP, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, lends or provides credit services to individuals to meet their short-term cash needs. EZCorp Inc has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.2, equal to the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates EZCorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Netflix Inc ( NFLX), Dreams Incorporated ( DRJ), Tiffany ( TIF), and Books-A-Million Inc ( BAMM) were all losers within the specialty retail industry with Zale Corporation ( ZLC) being today's specialty retail industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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