Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. (DKS): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

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Dick's Sporting Goods ( DKS) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Dick's Sporting Goods rose $1.20 (2.3%) to $53.49 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,057,265 shares of Dick's Sporting Goods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,641,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $52.11-$53.50 after having opened the day at $52.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.29. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Mecox Lane ( MCOX), up 9.3%, Finish Line ( FINL), up 9.0%, Hollywood Media Corporation ( HOLL), up 8.4% and Outerwall ( OUTR), up 4.2%.

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 $5.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 15.5% 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.

On the negative front, Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), down 6.2%, Lentuo International ( LAS), down 4.8%, Odyssey Marine Exploration ( OMEX), down 2.9% and EZCorp ( EZPW), down 2.8% , were all laggards within the specialty retail industry with Staples ( SPLS) 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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