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.

3. As of noon trading, Copart ( CPRT) is up $0.45 (1.6%) to $29.16 on light volume Thus far, 165,041 shares of Copart exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 680,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.54-$29.26 after having opened the day at $28.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.71.

Copart, Inc. provides online auctions and vehicle remarketing services in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The company offers various services to process and sell vehicles over the Internet through its Virtual Bidding Second Generation Internet auction-style sales technology. Copart has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Copart a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Copart as a buy. 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Copart Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Signet Jewelers ( SIG) is up $0.45 (0.9%) to $52.75 on average volume Thus far, 241,653 shares of Signet Jewelers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 627,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.17-$53.46 after having opened the day at $52.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.30.

Signet Jewelers Limited operates as a specialty jewelry retailer in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and the Channel Islands. The company retails jewelry, watches, and associated services. Signet Jewelers has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Signet Jewelers a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Signet Jewelers as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Signet Jewelers Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Tiffany ( TIF) is up $0.52 (0.8%) to $61.61 on average volume Thus far, 734,894 shares of Tiffany exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.23-$61.64 after having opened the day at $60.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.09.

Tiffany & Co., through its subsidiaries, engages in the design, manufacture, and retail of fine jewelry worldwide. Tiffany has a market cap of $8.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.8% 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 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tiffany as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Tiffany Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 4 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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