Sally Beauty Holdings Inc (SBH): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Laggard

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Sally Beauty Holdings ( SBH) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.5%. By the end of trading, Sally Beauty Holdings fell $3.68 (-12.1%) to $26.83 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 14,947,289 shares of Sally Beauty Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,054,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $25.88-$29.24 after having opened the day at $28.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.51. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: United Online ( UNTD), down 3.6%, Blue Nile ( NILE), down 3.4%, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 3.0% and CSS Industries ( CSS), down 2.7%.

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the distribution and retail of professional beauty supplies primarily in North America, South America, and Europe. The company operates in two segments, Sally Beauty Supply and Beauty Systems Group. Sally Beauty Holdings has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 29.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Sally Beauty Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sally Beauty Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Sport Chalet ( SPCHB), up 8.5%, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), up 8.4%, Birks & Mayors ( BMJ), up 6.4% and HSN ( HSNI), up 6.1% , were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with Netflix ( NFLX) 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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