Tiffany & Co. (TIF): Specialty Retail's Starring Winner Of The Day

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Tiffany ( TIF) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.5%. By the end of trading, Tiffany rose $1.32 (1.9%) to $72.33 on light volume. Throughout the day, 920,624 shares of Tiffany exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of two million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $71.21-$72.45 after having opened the day at $71.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.01. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Mecox Lane ( MCOX), up 13.2%, 1-800 Flowers.com ( FLWS), up 6.5%, XO Group ( XOXO), up 5.2%, and Vitamin Shoppe ( VSI), up 4.8%.
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Tiffany & Co., through its subsidiaries, engages in the design, manufacture, and retail of jewelry worldwide. The company operates through Americas, Asia-Pacific, Japan, Europe, and Other segments. Tiffany has a market cap of $9.01 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Tiffany a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tiffany as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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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