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 0.1%. By the end of trading, Tiffany fell $1.04 (-1.1%) to $90.43 on average volume. Throughout the day, 805,765 shares of Tiffany exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 964,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $90.29-$91.20 after having opened the day at $90.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $91.47. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: Container Store Group ( TCS), down 8.1%, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 5.5%, Francescas Holdings ( FRAN), down 3.5% and DGSE Companies ( DGSE), down 3.5%.

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 59.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Tiffany a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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, Perfumania Holdings ( PERF), up 6.0%, Birks Group ( BGI), up 5.6%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHA), up 5.1% and Dover Saddlery ( DOVR), up 4.6% , were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with CarMax ( KMX) 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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