Netflix Inc. (NFLX): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

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Netflix ( NFLX) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Netflix rose $1.70 (2.1%) to $81.48 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.5 million shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $79.50-$81.90 after having opened the day at $80.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.78. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Lentuo International ( LAS), up 16.3%, PetSmart ( PETM), up 4.1%, Penske Automotive Group ( PAG), up 3.4%, and Staples ( SPLS), up 3.3%.
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Netflix, Inc. provides Internet subscription services for TV shows and movies in the United States and internationally. The company offers its subscribers to watch unlimited TV shows and movies streamed over the Internet to their TVs, computers, and mobile devices. Netflix has a market cap of $4.42 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 100.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Netflix a buy, eight analysts rate it a sell, and 19 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, iParty Corporation ( IPT), down 13.9%, Ferrellgas Partners ( FGP), down 4.5%, Barnes & Noble ( BKS), down 4.1%, and Hollywood Media Corporation ( HOLL), down 3.6%, were all laggards within the specialty retail industry with Sally Beauty Holdings ( SBH) 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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