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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