Asbury Automotive Group ( ABG) 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, Asbury Automotive Group fell 23 cents (-0.9%) to $24.07 on average volume. Throughout the day, 465,585 shares of Asbury Automotive Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 393,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $23.89-$24.51 after having opened the day at $24.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.30. Other company's within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: Sport Chalet ( SPCHA), down 5.2%, United Online ( UNTD), down 3.7%, Hollywood Media Corporation ( HOLL), down 3.2%, and Perfumania Holdings ( PERF), down 2.3%. Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. operates as an automotive retailer in the United States. Asbury Automotive Group has a market cap of $781.5 million and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13, above the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio of 12.2 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Asbury Automotive Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Asbury Automotive Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally poor debt management and poor profit margins.
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