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

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Netflix ( NFLX) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Netflix rose $22.07 (5.4%) to $429.98 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,680,651 shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,889,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $410.56-$430.50 after having opened the day at $413.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $407.91. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Outerwall ( OUTR), up 12.2%, Lentuo International ( LAS), up 8.0%, DGSE Companies ( DGSE), up 5.6% and Container Store Group ( TCS), up 3.8%.

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 $24.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 9.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 expanding profit margins. 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 negative front, XO Group ( XOXO), down 3.1%, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 2.8%, Blue Nile ( NILE), down 2.8% and Perfumania Holdings ( PERF), down 2.3% , were all laggards within the specialty retail industry with Staples ( SPLS) 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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