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 down 0.6%. By the end of trading, PetSmart rose $2.52 (3.8%) to $68.79 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,521,072 shares of PetSmart exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,785,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $66.34-$69.00 after having opened the day at $66.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.27. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Vitacost.com ( VITC), up 4.5%, Luxottica Group ( LUX), up 4.3%, 1-800 Flowers.com ( FLWS), up 3.1% and Trans World Entertainment ( TWMC), up 3.1%.

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 $6.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 8.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Charles & Colvard ( CTHR), down 7.0%, DGSE Companies ( DGSE), down 5.4%, Dover Saddlery ( DOVR), down 3.7% and Cabela's ( CAB), down 3.1% , were all laggards within the specialty retail industry with Tractor Supply ( TSCO) 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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