Tiffany & Co. (TIF): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

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Tiffany ( TIF) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Tiffany rose $1.05 (1.2%) to $89.44 on light volume. Throughout the day, 674,840 shares of Tiffany exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,173,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $88.08-$89.50 after having opened the day at $88.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.39. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: United Online ( UNTD), up 29.5%, Lentuo International ( LAS), up 5.3%, West Marine ( WMAR), up 4.2% and Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation ( BGFV), up 3.6%.

Tiffany & Co., through its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and retails jewelry worldwide. The company operates through Americas, Asia-Pacific, Japan, Europe, and Other segments. Tiffany has a market cap of $11.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 4.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Tiffany a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tiffany as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Birks Group ( BGI), down 9.8%, EZCorp ( EZPW), down 4.3%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHB), down 4.2% and DGSE Companies ( DGSE), down 3.5% , were all laggards within the specialty retail industry with Five Below ( FIVE) 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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