Hastings Entertainment Inc. (HAST): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Loser

The specialty retail industry closed the day up 3.3%. Bluefly Inc ( BFLY), Hollywood Media Corporation ( HOLL), Sport Chalet Inc ( SPCHB), and Dover Saddlery Inc ( DOVR) were all decliners today within the specialty retail industry with Hastings Entertainment Inc ( HAST) being today's featured specialty retail loser. Hastings Entertainment Inc fell 7 cents (-3.5%) to $1.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 23,002 shares of Hastings Entertainment Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,200 shares.

Hastings Entertainment, Inc. operates as a multimedia entertainment retailer. Hastings Entertainment Inc has a market cap of $16.2 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 69.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hastings Entertainment as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally weak debt management.

On the positive front, Lentuo International Inc ( LAS), Office Depot Inc ( ODP), Brown Shoe Company Inc ( BWS), and OfficeMax Inc ( OMX) were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with Tiffany ( TIF) 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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