Netflix Inc. (NFLX): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

Netflix ( NFLX) 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, Netflix rose $1.10 (1.3%) to $82.99 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6.1 million shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of five million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $80.15-$84.19 after having opened the day at $82.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.89. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Birks & Mayors ( BMJ), up 14%, Hollywood Media Corporation ( HOLL), up 6.1%, Hibbett Sports ( HIBB), up 3.1%, and United Online ( UNTD), up 2.4%.

Netflix, Inc. provides Internet subscription services for TV shows and movies in the United States and internationally. The company offers its subscribers to watch unlimited TV shows and movies streamed over the Internet to their TVs, computers, and mobile devices. Netflix has a market cap of $4.54 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.5, 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 18.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Netflix a buy, seven analysts rate it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and generally poor debt management.

On the negative front, Bluefly ( BFLY), down 11.3%, iParty Corporation ( IPT), down 9.1%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHA), down 6.9%, and Big five Sporting Goods Corporation ( BGFV), down 5.1%, were all losers within the specialty retail industry with Sothebys ( BID) 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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