Tractor Supply (TSCO): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

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Tractor Supply ( TSCO) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Tractor Supply rose $3.98 (3.3%) to $123.78 on average volume. Throughout the day, 602,268 shares of Tractor Supply exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 445,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $120.30-$124.63 after having opened the day at $120.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $119.80. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Zale Corporation ( ZLC), up 7.5%, DGSE Companies ( DGSE), up 7.1%, Hollywood Media Corporation ( HOLL), up 6.0% and Sport Chalet ( SPCHA), up 5.0%.

Tractor Supply Company operates retail farm and ranch stores in the United States. Tractor Supply has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 37.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Tractor Supply a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tractor Supply as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the negative front, 1-800 ( FLWS), down 5.0%, Lentuo International ( LAS), down 4.1%, Signet Jewelers ( SIG), down 4.0% and Dover Saddlery ( DOVR), down 2.8%.

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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