Today's Top Performers In Specialty Retail

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 14,565 as of Thursday, April 4, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,512 issues advancing vs. 1,354 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Specialty Retail industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. HSN ( HSNI) is one of the companies pushing the Specialty Retail industry higher today. As of noon trading, HSN is up $1.56 (3.0%) to $53.78 on average volume Thus far, 127,919 shares of HSN exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 286,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.15-$54.06 after having opened the day at $52.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.21.

HSN, Inc., an interactive multi-channel retailer, provides retail experiences through various platforms, including television, online, mobile, catalogs, and retail and outlet stores. It markets and sells a range of third party and private label merchandise primarily in the United States. HSN has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.5, 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 Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate HSN a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HSN 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 notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full HSN Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Tractor Supply ( TSCO) is up $0.99 (1.0%) to $102.67 on light volume Thus far, 231,082 shares of Tractor Supply exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 671,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $101.46-$102.99 after having opened the day at $101.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.68.

Tractor Supply Company operates retail farm and ranch stores in the United States. Tractor Supply has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Tractor Supply a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Tractor Supply Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, PetSmart ( PETM) is up $0.56 (0.9%) to $62.38 on light volume Thus far, 496,304 shares of PetSmart exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.60-$62.51 after having opened the day at $61.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.83.

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 $6.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate PetSmart a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PetSmart as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, 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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1. As of noon trading, Staples ( SPLS) is up $0.18 (1.3%) to $13.24 on light volume Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Staples exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.05-$13.28 after having opened the day at $13.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.07.

Staples, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an office products company. It operates in three segments: North American Stores & Online, North American Commercial, and International Operations. Staples has a market cap of $8.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 14.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, 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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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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