AutoNation Inc (AN): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

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AutoNation ( AN) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, AutoNation rose $1.19 (2.4%) to $50.21 on average volume. Throughout the day, 996,534 shares of AutoNation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,176,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $48.60-$50.53 after having opened the day at $48.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.02. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: EZCorp ( EZPW), up 3.0%, Books-A-Million ( BAMM), up 2.4% and Cencosud ( CNCO), up 1.9%.

AutoNation, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an automotive retailer in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Domestic, Import, and Premium Luxury. AutoNation has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Titan Machinery ( TITN), down 5.6%, Zale Corporation ( ZLC), down 4.5%, DGSE Companies ( DGSE), down 3.9% and Rush ( RUSHB), down 3.3% , were all laggards within the specialty retail industry with Netflix ( NFLX) 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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