EZCorp Inc ( EZPW) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, EZCorp Inc fell 62 cents (-2.1%) to $28.59 on light volume. Throughout the day, 244,728 shares of EZCorp Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 534,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $28.44-$29.67 after having opened the day at $29.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.21. Other company's within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: iParty Corporation ( IPT), down 20%, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 4.9%, Lentuo International Inc ( LAS), down 4%, and Hollywood Media Corporation ( HOLL), down 3.9%.

EZCORP, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides specialty consumer financial services. EZCorp Inc has a market cap of $1.38 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12, 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 7.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates EZCorp 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 expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Barnes & Noble Inc ( BKS), up 10.8%, Office Depot Inc ( ODP), up 6.3%, Birks & Mayors Inc ( BMJ), up 5.3%, and 1-800 Flowers.com Inc ( FLWS), up 4.5%, were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with HSN Inc ( HSNI) 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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