Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. (DKS): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Laggard

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Dick's Sporting Goods ( DKS) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Dick's Sporting Goods fell 61 cents (-1.3%) to $48.21 on light volume. Throughout the day, 766,425 shares of Dick's Sporting Goods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $48.12-$48.96 after having opened the day at $48.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.82. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: PetSmart ( PETM), down 9.1%, Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), down 9.1%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHA), down 6.3%, and iParty Corporation ( IPT), down 6.2%.
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Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. operates as a sporting goods retailer in the United States. Dick's Sporting Goods has a market cap of $4.68 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Dick's Sporting Goods a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dick's Sporting Goods as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Lentuo International ( LAS), up 7.8%, TravelCenters of America ( TA), up 6.9%, XO Group ( XOXO), up 3.2%, and Staples ( SPLS), up 3.1%, were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with AutoNation ( AN) being today's featured specialty retail industry leader.

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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