CarMax Inc. (KMX): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Laggard

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CarMax ( KMX) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, CarMax fell $0.75 (-1.5%) to $48.47 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,867,524 shares of CarMax exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,011,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $48.31-$48.81 after having opened the day at $48.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.22. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 6.3%, 1-800 ( FLWS), down 5.7%, Lentuo International ( LAS), down 5.6% and CSS Industries ( CSS), down 4.4%.

CarMax, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of used vehicles in the United States. It operates in two segments, CarMax Sales Operations and CarMax Auto Finance. CarMax has a market cap of $11.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 38.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate CarMax a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CarMax as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Books-A-Million ( BAMM), up 7.3%, Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), up 5.4%, Trans World Entertainment ( TWMC), up 3.6% and Ferrellgas Partners ( FGP), up 2.7% , were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with Office Depot ( ODP) being today's featured specialty retail industry leader.

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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