Office Depot Inc (ODP): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Laggard

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Office Depot ( ODP) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Office Depot fell $0.07 (-1.3%) to $5.26 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,938,269 shares of Office Depot exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,186,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $5.18-$5.39 after having opened the day at $5.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.33. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 4.5%, Pantry ( PTRY), down 4.4%, Container Store Group ( TCS), down 2.6% and Vitamin Shoppe ( VSI), down 2.0%.

Office Depot, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, supplies office products and services. Office Depot has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Office Depot a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Office Depot as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, impressive record of earnings per share growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), up 19.0%, Lentuo International ( LAS), up 12.7%, Odyssey Marine Exploration ( OMEX), up 5.6% and Perfumania Holdings ( PERF), up 5.5% , were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with Staples ( SPLS) 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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