Sally Beauty Holdings Inc (SBH): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

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Sally Beauty Holdings ( SBH) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Sally Beauty Holdings rose $0.47 (1.8%) to $26.35 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,291,926 shares of Sally Beauty Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,588,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.05-$26.38 after having opened the day at $26.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.88. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Birks & Mayors ( BMJ), up 2.6%, Staples ( SPLS), up 2.3%, CSS Industries ( CSS), up 2.3% and Mecox Lane ( MCOX), up 1.7%.

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 9.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Sport Chalet ( SPCHB), down 13.4%, Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), down 5.4%, Dover Saddlery ( DOVR), down 4.1% and China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 3.5% , 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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