Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. (DKS): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Laggard

Dick's Sporting Goods ( DKS) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Dick's Sporting Goods fell $1.03 (-2.0%) to $50.06 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,147,009 shares of Dick's Sporting Goods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,280,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $49.55-$50.62 after having opened the day at $50.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.09. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: DGSE Companies ( DGSE), down 6.6%, Build-A-Bear Workshop ( BBW), down 6.6%, Perfumania Holdings ( PERF), down 5.5% and Hollywood Media Corporation ( HOLL), down 5.0%.

Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. operates as a sports and fitness retailer primarily in the Eastern United States. The company provides hardlines, including sporting goods equipment, fitness equipment, golf equipment, and hunting and fishing gear products; apparel; and footwear products. Dick's Sporting Goods has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Dick's Sporting Goods a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dick's Sporting Goods as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Birks & Mayors ( BMJ), up 40.4%, Lentuo International ( LAS), up 11.6%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHA), up 6.0% and Finish Line ( FINL), up 3.1% , were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with Francescas Holdings ( FRAN) 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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