CarMax Inc. (KMX): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

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CarMax ( KMX) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, CarMax rose $1.22 (2.4%) to $51.21 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,989,183 shares of CarMax exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,133,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $49.94-$51.72 after having opened the day at $50.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.99. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Lentuo International ( LAS), up 13.1%, Zumiez ( ZUMZ), up 11.2%, Odyssey Marine Exploration ( OMEX), up 4.9% and TravelCenters of America ( TA), up 3.9%.

CarMax, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of used vehicles in the United States. It operates in two segments, CarMax Sales Operations and CarMax Auto Finance. CarMax has a market cap of $11.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 33.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate CarMax a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CarMax as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Titan Machinery ( TITN), down 5.1%, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 3.6%, Ferrellgas Partners ( FGP), down 2.7% and Hibbett Sports ( HIBB), down 2.4% , were all laggards within the specialty retail industry with Sothebys ( BID) 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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