The specialty retail industry closed the day up 2.5%. iParty Corporation ( IPT), Zagg Inc ( ZAGG), Zale Corporation ( ZLC), and Office Depot Inc ( ODP) were all winners today within the specialty retail industry with Netflix Inc ( NFLX) being today's featured specialty retail winner. Netflix Inc rose $3.35 (2.8%) to $123.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.6 million shares of Netflix Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of seven million shares.

Netflix, Inc. provides subscription based Internet services for TV shows and movies in the United States and internationally. The company allows its subscribers to watch unlimited TV shows and movies streamed over the Internet to their televisions, computers, and mobile devices. Netflix Inc has a market cap of $6 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 down 31.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix 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, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Hastings Entertainment Inc ( HAST), Charles & Colvard ( CTHR), Golfsmith International Holdings Inc ( GOLF), and Francescas Holdings ( FRAN) were all losers within the specialty retail industry with Sonic Automotive Inc ( SAH) 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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