Penske Automotive Group Inc (PAG): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Loser

Penske Automotive Group ( PAG) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Penske Automotive Group fell 62 cents (-2.7%) to $22.61 on average volume. Throughout the day, 666,926 shares of Penske Automotive Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 585,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $22.58-$23.40 after having opened the day at $23.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.23. Other company's within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: Bluefly ( BFLY), down 5.1%, Hollywood Media Corporation ( HOLL), down 4.1%, Rush ( RUSHB), down 4%, and Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 2.7%.

Penske Automotive Group, Inc. operates as an automotive retailer. Penske Automotive Group has a market cap of $2.14 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.4, 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 20.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Penske Automotive Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Penske Automotive Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, 1-800 Flowers.com Inc. Class A ( FLWS), up 9.8%, Big five Sporting Goods Corporation ( BGFV), up 8.9%, Zale Corporation ( ZLC), up 7%, and Titan Machinery ( TITN), up 5%, were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with Netflix ( NFLX) 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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