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 1.9%. By the end of trading, Netflix rose $4.19 (1.9%) to $225.10 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,405,050 shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,861,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $219.33-$225.25 after having opened the day at $222.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $220.91. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Birks & Mayors ( BMJ), up 32.3%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHB), up 12.9%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHA), up 8.9% and 1-800 ( FLWS), up 8.0%.

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 $12.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 138.6% 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, Hollywood Media Corporation ( HOLL), down 6.2%, Books-A-Million ( BAMM), down 4.6%, Odyssey Marine Exploration ( OMEX), down 2.2% and DGSE Companies ( DGSE), down 1.8%.

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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