Vitamin Shoppe Inc ( VSI) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.1%. By the end of trading, Vitamin Shoppe Inc rose 20 cents (0.5%) to $38.23 on light volume. Throughout the day, 191,684 shares of Vitamin Shoppe Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 425,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $37.72-$38.51 after having opened the day at $38.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.03. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Birks & Mayors Inc ( BMJ), up 8.8%, CSS Industries Inc ( CSS), up 7.5%, Barnes & Noble Inc ( BKS), up 5%, and Trans World Entertainment ( TWMC), up 4.9%.

Vitamin Shoppe, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer and direct marketer of nutritional products. Vitamin Shoppe Inc has a market cap of $1.11 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.2, above the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio of 27.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vitamin Shoppe as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, OfficeMax Inc ( OMX), down 12.4%, Zagg Inc ( ZAGG), down 6.5%, Titan Machinery Inc ( TITN), down 6.3%, and Netflix Inc ( NFLX), down 5.8%, were all losers within the specialty retail industry with Dick's Sporting Goods Inc ( DKS) being today's specialty retail industry loser.

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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