5 Stocks Pushing The Specialty Retail Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 51 points (0.4%) at 14,033 as of Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,948 issues advancing vs. 943 declining with 147 unchanged.

The Specialty Retail industry currently sits up 1.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%.

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

5. Luxottica Group ( LUX) is one of the companies pushing the Specialty Retail industry higher today. As of noon trading, Luxottica Group is up $0.68 (1.5%) to $46.01 on light volume Thus far, 30,406 shares of Luxottica Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 181,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.81-$46.10 after having opened the day at $45.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.33.

Luxottica Group S.p.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides fashion, luxury, and sports eyewear worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Manufacturing and Wholesale Distribution, and Retail Distribution. Luxottica Group has a market cap of $21.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 46.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Luxottica Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Luxottica Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Luxottica Group Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, OfficeMax ( OMX) is up $2.72 (25.3%) to $13.46 on heavy volume Thus far, 7.8 million shares of OfficeMax exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.24-$14.08 after having opened the day at $13.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.75.

OfficeMax Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, distributes business-to-business and retail office products. OfficeMax has a market cap of $932.5 million and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate OfficeMax a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates OfficeMax as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's revenue growth has not been good. Get the full OfficeMax Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Office Depot ( ODP) is up $0.72 (15.6%) to $5.30 on heavy volume Thus far, 39.5 million shares of Office Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $5.16-$6.10 after having opened the day at $6.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.59.

Office Depot, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, supplies office products and services. Office Depot has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 39.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Office Depot a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Office Depot as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Office Depot Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Staples ( SPLS) is up $1.52 (11.7%) to $14.47 on heavy volume Thus far, 38.8 million shares of Staples exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.46-$15.19 after having opened the day at $14.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.95.

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 $8.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 431.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 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 $4.66 (2.5%) to $194.17 on average volume Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $190.15-$194.40 after having opened the day at $191.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $189.51.

Netflix, Inc. provides Internet television network service that enables subscribers to stream TV shows and movies directly on TVs, computers, and mobile devices in the United States and internationally. Netflix has a market cap of $10.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 653.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 104.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Netflix a buy, 4 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 revenue growth, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. 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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