Five Below Inc (FIVE): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Laggard

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Five Below ( FIVE) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Five Below fell $1.96 (-3.9%) to $47.75 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,652,930 shares of Five Below exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 963,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $47.75-$51.00 after having opened the day at $49.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.71. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: CSS Industries ( CSS), down 8.3%, Titan Machinery ( TITN), down 6.4%, Francescas Holdings ( FRAN), down 5.5% and Odyssey Marine Exploration ( OMEX), down 4.1%.

Five Below, Inc. operates as a specialty value retailer in the United States. The company offers various products priced at $5 and below. Five Below has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 57.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Five Below a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Five Below as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and robust revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including premium valuation and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), up 46.3%, West Marine ( WMAR), up 4.3%, DGSE Companies ( DGSE), up 3.6% and Container Store Group ( TCS), up 3.3% , were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with Staples ( SPLS) 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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