Tiffany & Co. (TIF): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

Tiffany ( TIF) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Tiffany rose $1.31 (2.6%) to $52.16 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.6 million shares of Tiffany exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $50.95-$52.46 after having opened the day at $51.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.85. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Sonic Automotive ( SAH), up 7%, Titan Machinery ( TITN), up 5.2%, Asbury Automotive Group ( ABG), up 5.2%, and America's Car-Mart ( CRMT), up 5.1%.

Tiffany & Co., through its subsidiaries, engages in the design, manufacture, and retail of fine jewelry worldwide. Tiffany has a market cap of $6.54 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.1, equal to the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 22.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Tiffany a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tiffany as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Rush ( RUSHB), down 4%, Lentuo International ( LAS), down 3.2%, Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), down 2.5%, and Tractor Supply ( TSCO), down 2.2%, were all losers within the specialty retail industry with Coinstar ( CSTR) 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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