Netflix Inc. (NFLX): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

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Netflix ( NFLX) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Netflix rose $4.91 (1.3%) to $380.58 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,798,525 shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,413,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $376.63-$383.43 after having opened the day at $378.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $375.67. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Perfumania Holdings ( PERF), up 7.4%, DGSE Companies ( DGSE), up 6.2%, XO Group ( XOXO), up 5.4% and Birks Group ( BGI), up 4.7%.

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 $22.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 316.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 306.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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.

On the negative front, Sport Chalet ( SPCHA), down 8.3%, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), down 3.7%, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 2.9% and Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), down 2.9%.

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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