Group I Automotive Inc (GPI): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

The specialty retail industry closed the day down 2.4%. Bluefly Inc ( BFLY), iParty Corporation ( IPT), Perfumania Holdings Inc ( PERF), and Charles & Colvard ( CTHR) were all winners today within the specialty retail industry with Group I Automotive Inc ( GPI) being today's featured specialty retail winner. Group I Automotive Inc rose $1.48 (3.4%) to $45.66 on average volume. Throughout the day, 538,231 shares of Group I Automotive Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 387,300 shares.

Group one Automotive, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the marketing and sale of automotive products and services. Group I Automotive Inc has a market cap of $1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.3, equal to the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Group I Automotive as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. 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, Netflix Inc ( NFLX), OfficeMax Inc ( OMX), Office Depot Inc ( ODP), and Lentuo International Inc ( LAS) 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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