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

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Sally Beauty Holdings ( SBH) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Sally Beauty Holdings fell $0.38 (-1.3%) to $28.41 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,617,443 shares of Sally Beauty Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,859,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $28.39-$28.89 after having opened the day at $28.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.79. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: Vitamin Shoppe ( VSI), down 5.9%, 1-800 ( FLWS), down 3.3%, Build-A-Bear Workshop ( BBW), down 3.1% and Rush ( RUSHA), down 2.9%.

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 $4.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 positive front, Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), up 3.7%, Cencosud ( CNCO), up 3.2%, United Online ( UNTD), up 2.4% and Barnes & Noble ( BKS), up 2.2%.

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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