Vitamin Shoppe Inc. (VSI): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Loser

Vitamin Shoppe ( VSI) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Vitamin Shoppe fell 91 cents (-1.7%) to $52.88 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 715,422 shares of Vitamin Shoppe exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 420,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $52.38-$54 after having opened the day at $53.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.79. Other company's within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 15.6%, Lentuo International ( LAS), down 9%, Francescas Holdings ( FRAN), down 6.3%, and Zale Corporation ( ZLC), down 6.1%.

Vitamin Shoppe, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer and direct marketer of nutritional products in the United States. Vitamin Shoppe has a market cap of $1.59 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.3, 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 35.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Vitamin Shoppe a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

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, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, iParty Corporation ( IPT), up 8.6%, Dick's Sporting Goods ( DKS), up 6%, Zagg ( ZAGG), up 2.8%, and Hollywood Media Corporation ( HOLL), up 2.5%, were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with PetSmart ( PETM) 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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