Sothebys (BID): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

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Sothebys ( BID) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Sothebys rose $0.58 (1.3%) to $45.16 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,104,004 shares of Sothebys exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,218,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $44.27-$45.23 after having opened the day at $44.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.58. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Mecox Lane ( MCOX), up 16.6%, Odyssey Marine Exploration ( OMEX), up 5.4%, Books-A-Million ( BAMM), up 4.5% and Dover Saddlery ( DOVR), up 4.3%.

Sotheby's operates as an auctioneer of authenticated fine art, decorative art, and jewelry. The company operates in three segments: Auction, Finance, and Dealer. Sothebys has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 5.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Sothebys a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sothebys as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), down 5.6%, Blue Nile ( NILE), down 3.6%, Charles & Colvard ( CTHR), down 2.5% and FTD Companies ( FTD), down 2.0%.

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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