Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. (DKS): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

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Dick's Sporting Goods ( DKS) 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, Dick's Sporting Goods rose $1.05 (1.9%) to $57.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,642,633 shares of Dick's Sporting Goods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,264,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $55.94-$57.42 after having opened the day at $55.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.06. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: 1-800 Flowers.com ( FLWS), up 6.7%, Finish Line ( FINL), up 6.2%, Rush ( RUSHB), up 5.1% and EZCorp ( EZPW), up 4.6%.

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 $5.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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.

On the negative front, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 11.4%, CarMax ( KMX), down 9.4%, Lentuo International ( LAS), down 6.2% and Sport Chalet ( SPCHB), down 5.9% , were all laggards within the specialty retail industry with AutoNation ( AN) 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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