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 0.5%. By the end of trading, Netflix rose $6.37 (2.1%) to $313.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,777,049 shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,094,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $307.50-$314.49 after having opened the day at $308.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $307.14. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Sport Chalet ( SPCHB), up 8.8%, DGSE Companies ( DGSE), up 6.7%, Vitamin Shoppe ( VSI), up 5.5% and Charles & Colvard ( CTHR), up 3.0%.

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 $18.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 231.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 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, Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), down 6.6%, XO Group ( XOXO), down 1.9% and Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 1.8%.

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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