Tractor Supply (TSCO): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

Tractor Supply ( TSCO) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Tractor Supply rose $1.39 (1.4%) to $99.77 on average volume. Throughout the day, 814,807 shares of Tractor Supply exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 765,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $97.58-$100.75 after having opened the day at $98.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $98.38. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Francescas Holdings ( FRAN), up 3.8%, iParty Corporation ( IPT), up 3.6%, Vitamin Shoppe ( VSI), up 2.9%, and Luxottica Group ( LUX), up 2.8%.

Tractor Supply Company operates retail farm and ranch stores in the United States. Tractor Supply has a market cap of $7.07 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.6, equal to the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 40.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Tractor Supply a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tractor Supply as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Zale Corporation ( ZLC), down 7.6%, Office Depot ( ODP), down 6.3%, Barnes & Noble ( BKS), down 4.7%, and OfficeMax ( OMX), down 4.2%, were all losers within the specialty retail industry with AutoNation ( AN) 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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