Sally Beauty Holdings Inc (SBH): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Loser

Sally Beauty Holdings ( SBH) 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, Sally Beauty Holdings fell $1.88 (-6.9%) to $25.21 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 9.4 million shares of Sally Beauty Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $24.73-$25.66 after having opened the day at $25.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.09. Other company's within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: Books-A-Million ( BAMM), down 21.1%, Winmark Corporation ( WINA), down 8.9%, Blue Nile ( NILE), down 4.8%, and Perfumania Holdings ( PERF), down 4.5%.

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the distribution and retail of professional beauty supplies primarily in North America, South America, and Europe. The company operates in two segments, Sally Beauty Supply and Beauty Systems Group. Sally Beauty Holdings has a market cap of $5.13 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.4, 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 29.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Sally Beauty Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sally Beauty Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, 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 9.8%, Birks & Mayors ( BMJ), up 7.3%, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), up 6%, and Francescas Holdings ( FRAN), up 4.7%, were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with CarMax ( KMX) 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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