Coinstar Inc. (CSTR): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

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Coinstar ( CSTR) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Coinstar rose $1.05 (2%) to $52.43 on light volume. Throughout the day, 768,518 shares of Coinstar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $50.30-$52.43 after having opened the day at $50.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.38. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Trans World Entertainment ( TWMC), up 13.6%, Zagg ( ZAGG), up 6.8%, Staples ( SPLS), up 3.4%, and Birks & Mayors ( BMJ), up 3.3%.
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Coinstar, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides automated retail solutions primarily in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Coinstar has a market cap of $1.44 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Coinstar a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coinstar as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 9.3%, Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), down 7.1%, Hollywood Media Corporation ( HOLL), down 4.5%, and Copart ( CPRT), down 4.1%, were all laggards within the specialty retail industry with PetSmart ( PETM) 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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