PetSmart Inc. (PETM): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

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PetSmart ( PETM) 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, PetSmart rose $0.93 (1.4%) to $67.59 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,128,513 shares of PetSmart exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,621,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $66.50-$67.99 after having opened the day at $66.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.66. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Sport Chalet ( SPCHA), up 12.6%, Trans World Entertainment ( TWMC), up 8.0%, Lentuo International ( LAS), up 7.3% and Sport Chalet ( SPCHB), up 7.2%.

PetSmart, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of products, services, and solutions for pets in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. PetSmart has a market cap of $7.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 7.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate PetSmart a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PetSmart 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, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Office Depot ( ODP), down 5.7%, CST Brands ( CST), down 4.7%, Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), down 4.4% and Medifast ( MED), down 3.5% , were all laggards within the specialty retail industry with Staples ( SPLS) 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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