The specialty retail industry closed the day down 1.7%. iParty Corporation ( IPT) and Golfsmith International Holdings Inc ( GOLF) were all winners today within the specialty retail industry with CarMax Inc ( KMX) being today's featured specialty retail winner. CarMax Inc rose 51 cents (2%) to $25.58 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.1 million shares of CarMax Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares.

CarMax, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of used vehicles in the United States. It also sells vehicles that do not meet its retail standards to licensed dealers through on-site wholesale auctions, as well as sells new vehicles under franchise agreements. CarMax Inc has a market cap of $5.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.5, above the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio of 13.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 21.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates CarMax as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Hastings Entertainment Inc ( HAST), OfficeMax Inc ( OMX), Mecox Lane ( MCOX), and Netflix Inc ( NFLX) were all losers within the specialty retail industry with Staples Inc ( SPLS) 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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