CarMax Inc. (KMX): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

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CarMax ( KMX) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.6%. By the end of trading, CarMax rose $0.65 (1.4%) to $45.76 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5,081,850 shares of CarMax exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,752,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $45.29-$46.90 after having opened the day at $45.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.11. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Sport Chalet ( SPCHA), up 8.4%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHB), up 3.0%, Perfumania Holdings ( PERF), up 2.5% and Trans World Entertainment ( TWMC), up 2.5%.

CarMax, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of used vehicles in the United States. It operates in two segments, CarMax Sales Operations and CarMax Auto Finance. CarMax has a market cap of $10.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate CarMax a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CarMax as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 12.6%, United Online ( UNTD), down 12.3%, Pantry ( PTRY), down 9.3% and CSS Industries ( CSS), down 8.2% , were all laggards within the specialty retail industry with Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS) 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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