5 Specialty Retail Stocks Dragging The Industry Down

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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%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Signet Jewelers ( SIG), down 1.1%, and Royal Philips ( PHG), down 0.6%. A company within the industry that increased today was Cencosud ( CNCO), up 2.3%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

5. CarMax ( KMX) is one of the companies pushing the Specialty Retail industry lower today. As of noon trading, CarMax is down $0.32 (-0.6%) to $51.51 on light volume. Thus far, 250,425 shares of CarMax exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.32-$51.93 after having opened the day at $51.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.83.

CarMax, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of used vehicles in the United States. It operates in two segments, CarMax Sales Operations and CarMax Auto Finance. CarMax has a market cap of $11.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 35.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate CarMax a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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

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4. As of noon trading, Dick's Sporting Goods ( DKS) is down $0.77 (-1.4%) to $55.08 on average volume. Thus far, 544,960 shares of Dick's Sporting Goods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.00-$56.16 after having opened the day at $55.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.85.

Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. operates as a sports and fitness retailer primarily in the Eastern United States. The company provides hardlines, including sporting goods equipment, fitness equipment, golf equipment, and hunting and fishing gear products; apparel; and footwear products. Dick's Sporting Goods has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Dick's Sporting Goods a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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

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3. As of noon trading, PetSmart ( PETM) is down $0.97 (-1.3%) to $71.45 on average volume. Thus far, 478,811 shares of PetSmart exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.22-$72.73 after having opened the day at $72.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.42.

PetSmart, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of products, services, and solutions for pets in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. PetSmart has a market cap of $7.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate PetSmart a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PetSmart as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full PetSmart Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Tiffany ( TIF) is down $0.53 (-0.6%) to $90.32 on light volume. Thus far, 338,017 shares of Tiffany exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 966,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.93-$90.97 after having opened the day at $90.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.85.

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 $11.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 55.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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. Get the full Tiffany Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Staples ( SPLS) is down $0.32 (-2.1%) to $15.08 on light volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Staples exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.98-$15.43 after having opened the day at $15.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.41.

Staples, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an office products company. It operates in three segments: North American Stores & Online, North American Commercial, and International Operations. Staples has a market cap of $10.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 35.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Staples a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Staples as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Staples 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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