Copart Inc. (CPRT): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

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Copart ( CPRT) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Copart rose $0.49 (1.4%) to $35.76 on light volume. Throughout the day, 605,879 shares of Copart exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,096,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.38-$35.79 after having opened the day at $35.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.27. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: DGSE Companies ( DGSE), up 3.9%, Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation ( BGFV), up 2.9%, HSN ( HSNI), up 2.7% and CSS Industries ( CSS), up 2.5%.

Copart, Inc. provides online auctions and vehicle remarketing services. Copart has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Copart a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Copart as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 12.6%, Barnes & Noble ( BKS), down 12.0%, Five Below ( FIVE), down 5.2% and Odyssey Marine Exploration ( OMEX), down 4.8% , were all laggards within the specialty retail industry with Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS) 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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