5 Stocks Pushing The Specialty Retail Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 163 points (1.2%) at 13,275 as of Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, 12:34 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,126 issues advancing vs. 762 declining with 145 unchanged.

The Specialty Retail industry currently sits up 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.1%. A company within the industry that increased today was OfficeMax ( OMX), up 11.0%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. Office Depot ( ODP) is one of the companies pushing the Specialty Retail industry higher today. As of noon trading, Office Depot is up $0.38 (15.1%) to $2.89 on heavy volume Thus far, 12.7 million shares of Office Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $2.62-$3.02 after having opened the day at $2.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.51.

Office Depot, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, supplies office products and services. Office Depot has a market cap of $718.6 million and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Office Depot a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Office Depot as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk, poor profit margins and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Office Depot Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, Vitamin Shoppe ( VSI) is up $6.20 (11.6%) to $59.50 on heavy volume Thus far, 730,151 shares of Vitamin Shoppe exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 310,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.80-$60.67 after having opened the day at $57.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.30.

Vitamin Shoppe, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer and direct marketer of nutritional products in the United States. Vitamin Shoppe has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 37.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Vitamin Shoppe a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vitamin Shoppe 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, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Vitamin Shoppe Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, Cabela's ( CAB) is up $1.16 (2.6%) to $45.51 on average volume Thus far, 308,263 shares of Cabela's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 720,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.69-$45.94 after having opened the day at $44.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.35.

Cabela's Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer and direct marketer of hunting, fishing, camping, and related outdoor merchandise. Cabela's has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 74.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Cabela's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cabela's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Cabela's Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, CarMax ( KMX) is up $0.68 (2.0%) to $35.22 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of CarMax exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.22-$36.15 after having opened the day at $35.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.53.

CarMax, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of used vehicles in the United States. It also sells vehicles that do not meet its retail standards to licensed dealers through on-site wholesale auctions, as well as sells new vehicles under franchise agreements. CarMax has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate CarMax a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CarMax as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full CarMax Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Staples ( SPLS) is up $0.24 (2.0%) to $11.80 on average volume Thus far, 9.0 million shares of Staples exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.56-$11.90 after having opened the day at $11.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.57.

Staples, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an office products company. The company offers various office supplies and services, office machines and related products, computers and related products, and office furniture under Staples, Quill, and other proprietary brands. Staples has a market cap of $7.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 17.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Staples a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Staples as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Staples Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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