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

Netflix ( NFLX) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, Netflix rose $2.87 (1.4%) to $214.97 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,603,614 shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,093,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $209.60-$216.73 after having opened the day at $212.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $212.10. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: 1-800 Flowers.com ( FLWS), up 7.1%, Birks & Mayors ( BMJ), up 6.8%, Zale Corporation ( ZLC), up 5.5% and Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation ( BGFV), up 5.4%.

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 $12.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 506.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 129.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Netflix a buy, 5 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 negative front, Lentuo International ( LAS), down 3.8%, Barnes & Noble ( BKS), down 3.8%, Books-A-Million ( BAMM), down 2.9% and Dover Saddlery ( DOVR), down 2.2%.

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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