4 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 48 points (0.4%) at 12,859 as of Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,662 issues advancing vs. 1,212 declining with 143 unchanged.

The Specialty Retail industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include Office Depot ( ODP), up 2.7%, Netflix ( NFLX), up 2.2% and CarMax ( KMX), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Ferrellgas Partners ( FGP), down 3.5%, and AutoNation ( AN), down 0.7%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. EZCorp ( EZPW) is one of the companies pushing the Specialty Retail industry higher today. As of noon trading, EZCorp is up $0.64 (3.6%) to $18.20 on average volume Thus far, 143,429 shares of EZCorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 334,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.50-$18.24 after having opened the day at $17.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.56.

EZCORP, Inc. provides specialty consumer financial services. EZCorp has a market cap of $858.9 million and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 32.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate EZCorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates EZCorp as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full EZCorp Ratings Report now.

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