Tiffany & Co. (TIF): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

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Tiffany ( TIF) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Tiffany rose 58 cents (1%) to $58.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of Tiffany exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $57.35-$58.62 after having opened the day at $57.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.52. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Zale Corporation ( ZLC), up 5.5%, Perfumania Holdings ( PERF), up 4.8%, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), up 3.4%, and Francescas Holdings ( FRAN), up 2.5%.
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Tiffany & Co., through its subsidiaries, engages in the design, manufacture, and retail of fine jewelry worldwide. Tiffany has a market cap of $7.28 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.8, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 13.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Tiffany a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight 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, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Lentuo International ( LAS), down 10.2%, Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), down 4.1%, EZCorp ( EZPW), down 3.8%, and Finish Line ( FINL), down 3.7%, were all laggards within the specialty retail industry with Signet Jewelers ( SIG) 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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