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

The specialty retail industry closed the day down 0.6%. Lentuo International Inc ( LAS), Big five Sporting Goods Corporation ( BGFV), Zagg Inc ( ZAGG), and EZCorp Inc ( EZPW) were all decliners today within the specialty retail industry with Staples Inc ( SPLS) being today's featured specialty retail loser. Staples Inc fell 18 cents (-1.2%) to $14.60 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8.9 million shares of Staples Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.8 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 $10.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.4, above the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio of 10.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 35.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Staples as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and increase in net income. 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 positive front, Zale Corporation ( ZLC), TravelCenters of America ( TA), Perfumania Holdings Inc ( PERF), and iParty Corporation ( IPT) were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with Cabela's Inc ( CAB) being today's featured specialty retail industry winner.

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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