Outerwall Inc (OUTR): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Laggard

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Outerwall ( OUTR) 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, Outerwall fell $2.60 (-3.6%) to $68.55 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,844,025 shares of Outerwall exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 723,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $68.10-$71.22 after having opened the day at $71.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.15. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: Trans World Entertainment ( TWMC), down 5.4%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHB), down 5.2%, TravelCenters of America ( TA), down 3.2% and Cencosud ( CNCO), down 3.2%.

Outerwall Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides automated retail solutions primarily in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Outerwall has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 8.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Outerwall a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Outerwall as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), up 10.1%, Birks Group ( BGI), up 4.3%, Hastings Entertainment ( HAST), up 4.1% and Penske Automotive Group ( PAG), up 3.5% , were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with Sothebys ( BID) 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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