Sally Beauty Holdings Inc (SBH): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

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Sally Beauty Holdings ( SBH) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Sally Beauty Holdings rose $1.12 (4.0%) to $28.90 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,398,274 shares of Sally Beauty Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,442,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $27.69-$29.02 after having opened the day at $27.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.78. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Odyssey Marine Exploration ( OMEX), up 11.9%, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), up 5.2%, 1-800 Flowers.com ( FLWS), up 4.7% and China Auto Logistics ( CALI), up 4.6%.

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.

On the negative front, Sport Chalet ( SPCHB), down 2.9%, Lentuo International ( LAS), down 2.6%, Vitamin Shoppe ( VSI), down 2.3% and Books-A-Million ( BAMM), down 2.1% , were all laggards within the specialty retail industry with PetSmart ( PETM) 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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