Cabela's Inc. (CAB): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Loser

Cabela's ( CAB) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail loser. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Cabela's fell 27 cents (-0.8%) to $33.64 on light volume. Throughout the day, 478,628 shares of Cabela's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 745,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $33.10-$34.33 after having opened the day at $33.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.91. Other company's within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), down 6.2%, Bluefly ( BFLY), down 6.1%, iParty Corporation ( IPT), down 5.1%, and Tractor Supply ( TSCO), down 4.7%.

Cabela's Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer and direct marketer of hunting, fishing, camping, and related outdoor merchandise. Cabela's has a market cap of $2.49 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.4, 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 39% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Cabela's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cabela's 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 positive front, Sport Chalet ( SPCHA), up 6.2%, Blue Nile ( NILE), up 6%, MarineMax ( HZO), up 5.1%, and Hollywood Media Corporation ( HOLL), up 5.1%, were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with Tiffany ( TIF) 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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