Coinstar Inc. (CSTR): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

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Coinstar ( CSTR) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Coinstar rose $1.95 (3.4%) to $59.04 on average volume. Throughout the day, 706,745 shares of Coinstar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 691,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $57.11-$59.04 after having opened the day at $57.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.09. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Hollywood Media Corporation ( HOLL), up 10.8%, Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), up 8.3%, Lentuo International ( LAS), up 5.9% and Books-A-Million ( BAMM), up 5.8%.
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Coinstar, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides automated retail solutions primarily in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Coinstar has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Coinstar a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coinstar as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Sport Chalet ( SPCHA), down 14.1%, Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation ( BGFV), down 5.4%, Penske Automotive Group ( PAG), down 4.3% and West Marine ( WMAR), down 4.2% , were all laggards within the specialty retail industry with Tractor Supply ( TSCO) being today's specialty retail industry laggard.

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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