Tractor Supply (TSCO): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

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Tractor Supply ( TSCO) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Tractor Supply rose $0.83 (1.3%) to $66.53 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,200,053 shares of Tractor Supply exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,748,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $65.42-$66.63 after having opened the day at $65.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.70. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: United Online ( UNTD), up 7.4%, FTD Companies ( FTD), up 4.3%, Zagg ( ZAGG), up 4.2% and Rush ( RUSHA), up 4.1%.

Tractor Supply Company operates retail farm and ranch stores in the United States. Tractor Supply has a market cap of $9.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 15.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Tractor Supply a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tractor Supply 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, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the negative front, 1-800 Flowers.com ( FLWS), down 6.0%, Charles & Colvard ( CTHR), down 5.2%, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 3.6% and Sport Chalet ( SPCHB), down 3.3% , were all laggards within the specialty retail industry with AutoNation ( AN) 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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