Netflix Inc. (NFLX): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Laggard

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Netflix ( NFLX) 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, Netflix fell $6.60 (-1.5%) to $445.63 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,201,445 shares of Netflix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,924,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $441.00-$454.20 after having opened the day at $453.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $452.23. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: Sothebys ( BID), down 6.6%, XO Group ( XOXO), down 4.2%, Build-A-Bear Workshop ( BBW), down 2.4% and Dover Saddlery ( DOVR), down 2.3%.

Netflix, Inc. provides Internet television network service that enables subscribers to stream TV shows and movies directly on TVs, computers, and mobile devices in the United States and internationally. Netflix has a market cap of $26.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 21.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Netflix a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Netflix as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Tumi Holdings ( TUMI), up 10.3%, Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), up 7.0%, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), up 6.2% and DGSE Companies ( DGSE), up 3.4%.

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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