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

Group I Automotive ( GPI) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Group I Automotive fell 30 cents (-0.5%) to $57.65 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 623,623 shares of Group I Automotive exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 341,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $55.80-$57.72 after having opened the day at $56.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.95. Other company's within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: iParty Corporation ( IPT), down 13%, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 6%, Cabela's ( CAB), down 5.2%, and CSS Industries ( CSS), down 3.2%.

Group one Automotive, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the marketing and sale of automotive products and services. It sells new and used cars, light trucks, and vehicle parts. Group I Automotive has a market cap of $1.29 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.3, 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 11.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Group I Automotive a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

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 positive front, MarineMax ( HZO), up 24.3%, Birks & Mayors ( BMJ), up 8.6%, Golfsmith International Holdings ( GOLF), up 6.7%, and Charles & Colvard ( CTHR), up 6.2%, were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with Staples ( SPLS) 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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