Tiffany & Co. (TIF): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Laggard

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Tiffany ( TIF) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.0%. By the end of trading, Tiffany fell $0.99 (-1.1%) to $89.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 885,512 shares of Tiffany exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 982,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $88.87-$90.30 after having opened the day at $90.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.09. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: TravelCenters of America ( TA), down 5.9%, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 5.3%, Odyssey Marine Exploration ( OMEX), down 5.3% and Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), down 5.2%.

Tiffany & Co., through its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and retails jewelry worldwide. The company operates through Americas, Asia-Pacific, Japan, Europe, and Other segments. Tiffany has a market cap of $11.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 57.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Tiffany a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tiffany as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), up 8.9%, DGSE Companies ( DGSE), up 5.0%, Barnes & Noble ( BKS), up 2.4% and West Marine ( WMAR), up 1.8% , were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with KAR Auction Services ( KAR) 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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