PetSmart Inc. (PETM): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Laggard

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PetSmart ( PETM) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, PetSmart fell $1.25 (-1.8%) to $68.18 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.2 million shares of PetSmart exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 929,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $67.39-$69.46 after having opened the day at $69.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.43. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: Bluefly ( BFLY), down 9.6%, Zale Corporation ( ZLC), down 5.6%, Barnes & Noble ( BKS), down 2.1%, and Cencosud ( CNCO), down 2%.
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PetSmart, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of products, services, and solutions for pets in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. PetSmart has a market cap of $7.41 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate PetSmart a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PetSmart 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 has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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