The specialty retail industry closed the day up 1.5%. Rush Enterprises Inc ( RUSHB), iParty Corporation ( IPT), Francescas Holdings ( FRAN), and Rush Enterprises Inc ( RUSHA) were all winners today within the specialty retail industry with Tiffany ( TIF) being today's featured specialty retail winner. Tiffany rose $1.68 (2.4%) to $72.03 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.5 million shares of Tiffany exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares.

Tiffany & Co., through its subsidiaries, engages in the design, manufacture, and retail of fine jewelry worldwide. Tiffany has a market cap of $9.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.3, below the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio of 22.6 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tiffany 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 good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Lentuo International Inc ( LAS), Zale Corporation ( ZLC), Hastings Entertainment Inc ( HAST), and Books-A-Million Inc ( BAMM) 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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