Asbury Automotive Group ( ABG) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, Asbury Automotive Group rose 17 cents (0.8%) to $21.16 on light volume. Throughout the day, 236,849 shares of Asbury Automotive Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 438,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $20.71-$21.22 after having opened the day at $20.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.99. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: iParty Corporation ( IPT), up 11.3%, Netflix ( NFLX), up 6.2%, Charles & Colvard ( CTHR), up 4.8%, and Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), up 2.5%.

Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. operates as an automotive retailer in the United States. Asbury Automotive Group has a market cap of $641.5 million and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.7, above the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio of 12.9 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Asbury Automotive Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Asbury Automotive Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally poor debt management and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Zagg ( ZAGG), down 7.8%, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 5.2%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHB), down 4.5%, and Titan Machinery ( TITN), down 4.4%, were all losers within the specialty retail industry with Dick's Sporting Goods ( 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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