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

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Netflix ( NFLX) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, Netflix fell $6.35 (-1.6%) to $400.42 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,116,730 shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,813,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $398.05-$407.34 after having opened the day at $403.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $406.77. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: Barnes & Noble ( BKS), down 6.9%, Francescas Holdings ( FRAN), down 6.0%, America's Car-Mart ( CRMT), down 5.5% and 1-800 Flowers.com ( FLWS), down 5.0%.

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 $22.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 206.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Netflix a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, EZCorp ( EZPW), up 20.3%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHB), up 10.3%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHA), up 1.8% and Perfumania Holdings ( PERF), up 1.5%.

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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