Tractor Supply (TSCO): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Laggard

Editor's Note: 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.

Tractor Supply ( TSCO) 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, Tractor Supply fell $1.13 (-1.1%) to $102.92 on light volume. Throughout the day, 499,344 shares of Tractor Supply exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 714,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $102.68-$104.05 after having opened the day at $104.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $104.05. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: Bluefly ( BFLY), down 6.4%, Birks & Mayors ( BMJ), down 6%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHA), down 2.8%, and Perfumania Holdings ( PERF), down 2.7%.
  • EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Jim Cramer's Protégé, Dave Peltier, only buys Stocks Under $10 that he thinks could potentially double. See what he's trading today with a 14-day FREE pass.

Tractor Supply Company operates retail farm and ranch stores in the United States. Tractor Supply has a market cap of $7.25 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Tractor Supply a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tractor Supply 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, revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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).

It's Official: Action Alerts PLUS beats the S&P 500 with Dividends Reinvested! Cramer and Link were up 16.72% in 2012. Were you? See what they are trading for 14-days FREE.
null

If you liked this article you might like

Home Depot and Lowe's Brace for Hurricane Irma Impact

These Stocks Are Ready to Reverse Course

We Nailed Our Tractor Supply Call Ahead of Earnings

The Stock Market Is on Fire, Especially in These Sectors: Market Recon