Francescas Holdings ( FRAN) 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, Francescas Holdings fell $0.29 (-1.0%) to $28.82 on light volume. Throughout the day, 434,531 shares of Francescas Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,349,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $28.71-$29.37 after having opened the day at $29.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.11. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), down 2.5%, CST Brands ( CST), down 2.1%, Birks & Mayors ( BMJ), down 2.1% and Lithia Motors ( LAD), down 1.8%.

Francesca's Holdings Corporation, through its subsidiary, Francesca's Collections, Inc., operates a chain of retail boutiques. The company offers a selection of fashion apparel, jewelry, accessories, and gifts primarily to its female customers. Francescas Holdings has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 9.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Francescas Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Francescas Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and premium valuation.

On the positive front, Sport Chalet ( SPCHB), up 7.4%, Netflix ( NFLX), up 5.4%, TravelCenters of America ( TA), up 5.0% and Build-A-Bear Workshop ( BBW), up 4.6% , were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with Coinstar ( CSTR) 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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