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 up 1.4%. By the end of trading, Netflix rose $18.91 (6.4%) to $313.06 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5,177,113 shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,017,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $296.81-$313.24 after having opened the day at $297.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $294.15. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Five Below ( FIVE), up 17.2%, Lentuo International ( LAS), up 7.8%, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), up 5.9% and Charles & Colvard ( CTHR), up 4.9%.

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 $17.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 214.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Netflix a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, premium valuation and generally higher debt management risk.

On the negative front, Hollywood Media Corporation ( HOLL), down 5.7%, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 4.0%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHA), down 3.5% and Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), down 3.2%.

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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