Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (KORS): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Laggard

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Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Michael Kors Holdings fell $0.67 (-1.1%) to $61.57 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,379,923 shares of Michael Kors Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,466,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $60.86-$62.65 after having opened the day at $62.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.24. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: Zale Corporation ( ZLC), down 9.2%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHB), down 4.1%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHA), down 3.6% and Hollywood Media Corporation ( HOLL), down 2.8%.
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Michael Kors Holdings Limited engages in the design, marketing, distribution, and retail of branded women's apparel and accessories, and men's apparel. The company sells its products primarily under the names of Michael Kors, MICHAEL KORS, MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS, and KORS MICHAEL KORS. Michael Kors Holdings has a market cap of $12.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Michael Kors Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Michael Kors Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock itself is trading at a premium valuation.

On the positive front, DGSE Companies ( DGSE), down 2.5%, Francescas Holdings ( FRAN), down 2.5%, Staples ( SPLS), down 2.3% and AutoNation ( AN), down 1.8% , were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with Netflix ( NFLX) 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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