Sally Beauty Holdings Inc (SBH): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

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Sally Beauty Holdings ( SBH) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.6%. By the end of trading, Sally Beauty Holdings rose $2.01 (7.2%) to $29.96 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 7,801,152 shares of Sally Beauty Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,763,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $28.34-$31.83 after having opened the day at $28.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.95. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Sport Chalet ( SPCHA), up 7.5%, Five Below ( FIVE), up 6.7%, Barnes & Noble ( BKS), up 6.6% and Birks Group ( BGI), up 6.3%.

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer and distributor of professional beauty supplies primarily in North America, South America, and Europe. The company operates in two segments, Sally Beauty Supply and Beauty Systems Group. Sally Beauty Holdings has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 7.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Sally Beauty Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sally Beauty Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Blue Nile ( NILE), down 15.1%, Lentuo International ( LAS), down 14.0%, Dover Saddlery ( DOVR), down 7.6% and Odyssey Marine Exploration ( OMEX), down 3.8%.

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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