Netflix Inc. (NFLX): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Laggard

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Netflix ( NFLX) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.5%. By the end of trading, Netflix fell $14.55 (-6.4%) to $214.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,599,974 shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,313,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $212.98-$235.96 after having opened the day at $231.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $228.74.
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Netflix, Inc. provides Internet television network service that enables subscribers to stream TV shows and movies directly on TVs, computers, and mobile devices in the United States and internationally. Netflix has a market cap of $12.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 544.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 147.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Netflix a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk.

On the positive front, Lentuo International ( LAS), down 12.0%, Dover Saddlery ( DOVR), down 6.7%, Birks & Mayors ( BMJ), down 6.6% and China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 4.2% , were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with Sothebys ( BID) being today's featured specialty retail industry leader.

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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