AutoNation Inc (AN): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Laggard

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AutoNation ( AN) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, AutoNation fell $0.86 (-1.7%) to $50.90 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,757,394 shares of AutoNation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 862,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $50.61-$52.37 after having opened the day at $51.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.76. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: 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%.

Bank Group (Agent, others): Equity Coverage: Products Currently Used: Product Ideas: Major Division: Key Products: Rating: AutoNation has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 4.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate AutoNation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AutoNation 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 and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, United Online ( UNTD), up 7.4%, FTD Companies ( FTD), up 4.3%, Zagg ( ZAGG), up 4.2% and Rush ( RUSHA), up 4.1% , were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with Tractor Supply ( TSCO) being today's featured specialty retail industry leader.

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