The specialty retail industry closed the day up 1.5%. Lentuo International Inc ( LAS), Zale Corporation ( ZLC), Hastings Entertainment Inc ( HAST), and Books-A-Million Inc ( BAMM) were all decliners today within the specialty retail industry with Sonic Automotive Inc ( SAH) being today's featured specialty retail loser. Sonic Automotive Inc fell 10 cents (-0.8%) to $13.28 on light volume. Throughout the day, 450,334 shares of Sonic Automotive Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 757,800 shares. Sonic Automotive, Inc. operates as an automotive retailer in the United States. Sonic Automotive Inc has a market cap of $555.6 million and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.1, below the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio of 7.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. TheStreet Ratings rates Sonic Automotive as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management and poor profit margins.