4 Specialty Retail Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 61 points (0.4%) at 15,361 as of Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,640 issues advancing vs. 1,247 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Specialty Retail industry currently sits up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), up 0.9%. A company within the industry that fell today was Cencosud ( CNCO), up 0.9%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. Sally Beauty Holdings ( SBH) is one of the companies pushing the Specialty Retail industry higher today. As of noon trading, Sally Beauty Holdings is up $0.20 (0.8%) to $25.89 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Sally Beauty Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.73-$26.18 after having opened the day at $25.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.69.

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 $4.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 8.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Sally Beauty Holdings Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, AutoNation ( AN) is up $0.28 (0.5%) to $53.36 on light volume. Thus far, 231,173 shares of AutoNation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.94-$53.54 after having opened the day at $53.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.08.

Bank Group (Agent, others): Equity Coverage: Products Currently Used: Product Ideas: Major Division: Key Products: Rating: AutoNation has a market cap of $6.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 33.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates AutoNation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AutoNation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. 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 AutoNation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Dick's Sporting Goods ( DKS) is up $0.31 (0.6%) to $50.39 on light volume. Thus far, 333,280 shares of Dick's Sporting Goods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.13-$50.51 after having opened the day at $50.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.08.

Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. operates as a sports and fitness retailer primarily in the Eastern United States. The company provides hardlines, including sporting goods equipment, fitness equipment, golf equipment, and hunting and fishing gear products; apparel; and footwear products. Dick's Sporting Goods has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 11.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Dick's Sporting Goods a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dick's Sporting Goods as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Dick's Sporting Goods Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, PetSmart ( PETM) is up $0.50 (0.7%) to $72.86 on light volume. Thus far, 286,159 shares of PetSmart exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.44-$73.11 after having opened the day at $72.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.37.

PetSmart, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of products, services, and solutions for pets in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. PetSmart has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 6.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate PetSmart a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PetSmart 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full PetSmart Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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