3 Stocks Pushing The Specialty Retail Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 45 points (0.3%) at 14,027 as of Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,918 issues advancing vs. 965 declining with 159 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 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Group 1 Automotive ( GPI) is one of the companies pushing the Specialty Retail industry lower today. As of noon trading, Group 1 Automotive is down $5.50 (-8.2%) to $61.15 on heavy volume Thus far, 834,739 shares of Group 1 Automotive exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 202,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.70-$63.74 after having opened the day at $63.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.65.

Group 1 Automotive, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the marketing and sale of automotive products and services. It sells new and used cars, light trucks, and vehicle parts. Group 1 Automotive has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Group 1 Automotive a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Group 1 Automotive as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Group 1 Automotive Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, AutoNation ( AN) is down $0.92 (-2.0%) to $45.11 on light volume Thus far, 235,455 shares of AutoNation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 888,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.06-$46.18 after having opened the day at $46.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.03.

AutoNation, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an automotive retailer in the United States. AutoNation has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate AutoNation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AutoNation 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, increase in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full AutoNation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, PetSmart ( PETM) is down $1.48 (-2.3%) to $63.30 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.2 million shares of PetSmart exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.19-$64.96 after having opened the day at $64.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.78.

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 $7.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate PetSmart a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 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. Get the full PetSmart 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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