Five Below Inc (FIVE): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

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Five Below ( FIVE) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Five Below rose $0.62 (1.7%) to $37.16 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,366,294 shares of Five Below exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,054,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.72-$37.56 after having opened the day at $37.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.54. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Netflix ( NFLX), up 16.5%, Odyssey Marine Exploration ( OMEX), up 8.1%, Birks Group ( BGI), up 3.3% and PetSmart ( PETM), up 2.2%.

Five Below, Inc. operates as a specialty value retailer in the United States. The company offers various products priced at $5 and below. Five Below has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Five Below a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Five Below as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, robust revenue growth and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including premium valuation, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 5.3%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHB), down 5.2%, Vitamin Shoppe ( VSI), down 5.1% and Lentuo International ( LAS), down 5.1% , were all laggards within the specialty retail industry with Tiffany ( TIF) 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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