3 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Specialty Retail Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 27 points (-0.2%) at 15,858 as of Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 997 issues advancing vs. 1,953 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Specialty Retail industry currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. A company within the industry that increased today was Cencosud ( CNCO), up 2.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Signet Jewelers ( SIG), down 1.1%, and Royal Philips ( PHG), down 0.6%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Sally Beauty Holdings ( SBH) is one of the companies pushing the Specialty Retail industry higher today. As of noon trading, Sally Beauty Holdings is up $0.41 (1.5%) to $28.19 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Sally Beauty Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.69-$28.47 after having opened the day at $27.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.78.

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer and distributor of professional beauty supplies primarily in North America, South America, and Europe. The company operates in two segments, Sally Beauty Supply and Beauty Systems Group. Sally Beauty Holdings has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Sally Beauty Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sally Beauty Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Sally Beauty Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Cabela's ( CAB) is up $0.88 (1.4%) to $61.96 on average volume. Thus far, 311,659 shares of Cabela's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 818,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.07-$62.07 after having opened the day at $61.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.08.

Cabela's Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer and direct marketer of hunting, fishing, camping, and related outdoor merchandise. The company operates through three segments: Retail, Direct, and Financial Services. Cabela's has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 45.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Cabela's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cabela's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Cabela's Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Netflix ( NFLX) is up $2.67 (0.7%) to $368.98 on light volume. Thus far, 860,156 shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $366.27-$372.25 after having opened the day at $366.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $366.31.

Netflix, Inc. provides Internet television network service that enables subscribers to stream TV shows and movies directly on TVs, computers, and mobile devices in the United States and internationally. Netflix has a market cap of $21.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 310.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 298.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Netflix a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Netflix Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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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