5 Stocks Pushing The Specialty Retail Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 28 points (-0.2%) at 13,217 as of Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,125 issues advancing vs. 1,742 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Specialty Retail industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%.

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

5. Copart ( CPRT) is one of the companies pushing the Specialty Retail industry higher today. As of noon trading, Copart is up $0.35 (1.2%) to $30.46 on light volume Thus far, 133,446 shares of Copart exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 650,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.10-$30.61 after having opened the day at $30.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.11.

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 $3.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 26.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Copart a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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 good cash flow from operations. 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 Copart Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Francescas Holdings ( FRAN) is up $0.86 (3.7%) to $23.96 on average volume Thus far, 682,697 shares of Francescas Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.79-$24.49 after having opened the day at $24.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.10.

Francesca's Holdings Corporation, through its subsidiary, Francesca's Collections, Inc., operates a chain of retail boutiques under the francesca's collections brand in the United States. Its retail boutiques offer apparel, jewelry, accessories, and gifts to female customers. Francescas Holdings has a market cap of $1.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 33.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Francescas Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Francescas Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, robust revenue growth and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full Francescas Holdings Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Tractor Supply ( TSCO) is up $0.91 (1.1%) to $86.10 on average volume Thus far, 356,241 shares of Tractor Supply exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 657,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.58-$87.46 after having opened the day at $85.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.19.

Tractor Supply Company operates retail farm and ranch stores in the United States. Tractor Supply has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Tractor Supply a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tractor Supply as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Tractor Supply Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Staples ( SPLS) is up $0.23 (2.0%) to $11.93 on light volume Thus far, 4.1 million shares of Staples exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.67-$11.98 after having opened the day at $11.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.70.

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 $7.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 389.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 16.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 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. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Staples Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Netflix ( NFLX) is up $1.56 (1.7%) to $92.29 on light volume Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.87-$93.32 after having opened the day at $90.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.73.

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 $4.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 109.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Netflix a buy, 9 analysts rate it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. 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 Netflix Ratings Report now.

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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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