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

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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 down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Netflix rose $7.44 (2.9%) to $267.92 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,765,486 shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,660,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $258.67-$268.26 after having opened the day at $261.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $260.48. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: 1-800 ( FLWS), up 3.6%, Barnes & Noble ( BKS), up 3.4%, Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation ( BGFV), up 3.2% and Copart ( CPRT), up 2.9%.

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 $14.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 178.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, Zagg ( ZAGG), down 17.1%, Birks & Mayors ( BMJ), down 5.0%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHB), down 4.3% and CSS Industries ( CSS), down 3.9% , 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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