Five Below Inc (FIVE): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Laggard

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Five Below ( FIVE) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Five Below fell $0.55 (-1.6%) to $35.03 on light volume. Throughout the day, 798,618 shares of Five Below exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,184,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $34.77-$35.72 after having opened the day at $35.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.58. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: Birks Group ( BGI), down 9.8%, EZCorp ( EZPW), down 4.3%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHB), down 4.2% and DGSE Companies ( DGSE), down 3.5%.

Five Below, Inc. operates as a specialty value retailer in the United States. The company offers various products priced at $5 and below. Five Below has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 15.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Five Below a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Five Below as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, premium valuation, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with Tiffany ( TIF) being today's featured specialty retail industry leader.

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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