Cabela's Inc. (CAB): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

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Cabela's ( CAB) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Cabela's rose $1.52 (2.2%) to $71.03 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,943,802 shares of Cabela's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 721,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $69.62-$71.65 after having opened the day at $69.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.51. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Barnes & Noble ( BKS), up 8.8%, Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), up 7.7%, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), up 7.2% and EZCorp ( EZPW), up 6.9%.

Cabela's Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer and direct marketer of hunting, fishing, camping, and related outdoor merchandise. The company operates through three segments: Retail, Direct, and Financial Services. Cabela's has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 4.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Cabela's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cabela's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Birks Group ( BGI), down 8.6%, Dover Saddlery ( DOVR), down 3.3%, Sothebys ( BID), down 2.9% and Francescas Holdings ( FRAN), down 2.4% , were all laggards within the specialty retail industry with Office Depot ( ODP) 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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