Staples Inc. (SPLS): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

The specialty retail industry closed the day up 5.1%. A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts Inc ( ACMR), OfficeMax Inc ( OMX), Lithia Motors Inc ( LAD), and Big five Sporting Goods Corporation ( BGFV) were all winners today within the specialty retail industry with Staples Inc ( SPLS) being today's featured specialty retail winner. Staples Inc rose 40 cents (3.2%) to $13.20 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 19.2 million shares of Staples Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.7 million shares.

Staples, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an office products company. The company sells various office supplies and services, business machines and related products, computers and related products, and office furniture. Staples Inc has a market cap of $9.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.2, equal to the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 43.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Staples as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Bluefly Inc ( BFLY), American Greetings Corporation ( AM), Lentuo International Inc ( LAS), and Sport Chalet Inc ( SPCHA) were all losers within the specialty retail industry with PC Mall Inc ( MALL) 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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