4 Stocks Advancing The Specialty Retail Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 87 points (-0.6%) at 14,874 as of Thursday, June 6, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,317 issues advancing vs. 1,603 declining with 125 unchanged.

The Specialty Retail industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.38. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Netflix ( NFLX), down 3.21, and Cencosud ( CNCO), down 0.71.

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

4. Ferrellgas Partners ( FGP) is one of the companies pushing the Specialty Retail industry higher today. As of noon trading, Ferrellgas Partners is up $0.85 (4.05) to $21.85 on heavy volume Thus far, 577,335 shares of Ferrellgas Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 218,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.40-$22.22 after having opened the day at $21.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.00.

Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. engages in the distribution and sale of propane, and related equipment and supplies primarily in the United States. It transports propane to propane distribution locations, tanks on customers' premises, or to portable propane tanks delivered to retailers. Ferrellgas Partners has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 67.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Ferrellgas Partners a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ferrellgas Partners as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Ferrellgas Partners Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Tractor Supply ( TSCO) is up $1.42 (1.29) to $111.41 on light volume Thus far, 71,540 shares of Tractor Supply exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 604,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $109.26-$111.69 after having opened the day at $109.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $109.99.

Tractor Supply Company operates retail farm and ranch stores in the United States. Tractor Supply has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Tractor Supply a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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 growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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, Staples ( SPLS) is up $0.08 (0.58) to $14.75 on light volume Thus far, 903,709 shares of Staples exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.61-$14.86 after having opened the day at $14.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.66.

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 $10.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 28.6% 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 good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. 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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1. As of noon trading, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS) is up $0.50 (0.82) to $61.74 on light volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Michael Kors Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.86-$61.90 after having opened the day at $61.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.24.

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 $12.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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. Get the full Michael Kors Holdings 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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