Coinstar Inc. (CSTR): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

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Coinstar ( CSTR) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Coinstar rose 56 cents (1.1%) to $52.77 on light volume. Throughout the day, 636,263 shares of Coinstar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $52.07-$53.07 after having opened the day at $52.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.21. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Rush ( RUSHB), up 4.5%, Francescas Holdings ( FRAN), up 3.3%, Books-A-Million ( BAMM), up 3.1%, and EZCorp ( EZPW), up 2.9%.

Coinstar, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides automated retail solutions primarily in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Coinstar has a market cap of $1.63 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.6, 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 14.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Coinstar a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coinstar as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Titan Machinery ( TITN), down 23.5%, Perfumania Holdings ( PERF), down 5.8%, Zale Corporation ( ZLC), down 5.1%, and iParty Corporation ( IPT), down 4.6%, were all laggards within the specialty retail industry with Netflix ( NFLX) being today's specialty retail industry laggard.

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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