HSN Inc. (HSNI): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

HSN ( HSNI) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, HSN rose 76 cents (2.1%) to $37.70 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 743,446 shares of HSN exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 427,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.98-$37.86 after having opened the day at $36.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.94. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Bluefly ( BFLY), up 6.3%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHB), up 5%, Lentuo International ( LAS), up 5%, and Blue Nile ( NILE), up 3.1%.

HSN, Inc. markets and sells a range of third party and private label merchandise primarily in the United States. HSN has a market cap of $2.09 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17, equal to the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate HSN a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HSN as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Francescas Holdings ( FRAN), down 8.6%, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 7.6%, Staples ( SPLS), down 5.7%, and OfficeMax ( OMX), down 5.4%, were all losers within the specialty retail industry with Netflix ( NFLX) 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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