Copart Inc. (CPRT): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Loser

Copart ( CPRT) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.6%. By the end of trading, Copart fell 36 cents (-1.5%) to $23.46 on average volume. Throughout the day, 731,453 shares of Copart exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 569,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $23.39-$23.97 after having opened the day at $23.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.82. Other company's within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 4.8%, Francescas Holdings ( FRAN), down 3.5%, and Zagg ( ZAGG), down 1.9%.

Copart, Inc. provides online auctions and vehicle remarketing services in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Copart has a market cap of $3.08 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, 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 4.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Copart a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Copart as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Sport Chalet ( SPCHA), up 15.2%, Trans World Entertainment ( TWMC), up 8.9%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHB), up 7.4%, and Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), up 6%, were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with Tractor Supply ( TSCO) 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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