Staples Inc. (SPLS): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

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Staples ( SPLS) pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today making it today's featured specialty retail winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Staples rose $0.32 (2.9%) to $11.37 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9,638,385 shares of Staples exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,996,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $11.10-$11.42 after having opened the day at $11.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.05. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: Pantry ( PTRY), up 2.6%, Francescas Holdings ( FRAN), up 2.3%, Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation ( BGFV), up 2.2% and Container Store Group ( TCS), up 2.2%.

Staples, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates office products superstores. It operates in three segments: North American Stores & Online, North American Commercial, and International Operations. Staples has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 30.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Staples a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Staples as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Birks Group ( BGI), down 7.6%, Charles & Colvard ( CTHR), down 7.0%, Sport Chalet ( SPCHA), down 4.0% and Lentuo International ( LAS), down 3.6%.

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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