3 Stocks Driving The Specialty Retail Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 58 points (-0.4%) at 15,461 as of Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 785 issues advancing vs. 2,161 declining with 94 unchanged.

The Specialty Retail industry currently sits down 1.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), down 0.8%, Cencosud ( CNCO), down 0.9% and Royal Philips ( PHG), down 0.7%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. United Online ( UNTD) is one of the companies pushing the Specialty Retail industry higher today. As of noon trading, United Online is up $0.31 (3.6%) to $8.87 on average volume. Thus far, 518,695 shares of United Online exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 832,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $8.55-$8.87 after having opened the day at $8.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.56.

United Online, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides consumer products and services over the Internet primarily in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The company operates in three segments: FTD, Content and Media, and Communications. United Online has a market cap of $784.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 53.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate United Online a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Online as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full United Online Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Tumi Holdings ( TUMI) is up $0.79 (3.2%) to $25.48 on heavy volume. Thus far, 314,439 shares of Tumi Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 362,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.36-$26.24 after having opened the day at $24.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.69.

Tumi Holdings, Inc. designs, produces, and markets a range of travel and business products, and accessories. Tumi Holdings has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 18.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Tumi Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tumi Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Tumi Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Outerwall ( OUTR) is up $1.07 (1.8%) to $59.86 on average volume. Thus far, 466,778 shares of Outerwall exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 674,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.85-$59.92 after having opened the day at $59.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.79.

Outerwall Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides automated retail solutions primarily in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Outerwall has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 13.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Outerwall a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Outerwall as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Outerwall Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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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