Specialty Retail Stocks On The Rise With Help From 3 Stocks

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 137 points (0.8%) at 16,460 as of Monday, March 31, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,329 issues advancing vs. 681 declining with 134 unchanged.

The Specialty Retail industry currently sits up 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.9%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. CarMax ( KMX) is one of the companies pushing the Specialty Retail industry higher today. As of noon trading, CarMax is up $1.20 (2.6%) to $46.87 on light volume. Thus far, 482,379 shares of CarMax exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.75-$46.89 after having opened the day at $45.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.67.

CarMax, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of used vehicles in the United States. It operates in two segments, CarMax Sales Operations and CarMax Auto Finance. CarMax has a market cap of $10.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate CarMax a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CarMax as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, reasonable valuation levels, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full CarMax Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Tiffany ( TIF) is up $1.02 (1.2%) to $86.07 on average volume. Thus far, 569,152 shares of Tiffany exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.50-$86.26 after having opened the day at $85.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.05.

Tiffany & Co., through its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and retails jewelry worldwide. The company operates through Americas, Asia-Pacific, Japan, Europe, and Other segments. Tiffany has a market cap of $10.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 8.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Tiffany a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tiffany as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Tiffany Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, eBay ( EBAY) is up $0.29 (0.5%) to $55.48 on light volume. Thus far, 3.7 million shares of eBay exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.31-$56.16 after having opened the day at $55.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.19.

eBay Inc. provides online platforms, tools, and services to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. eBay has a market cap of $70.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 0.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 22 analysts who rate eBay a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates eBay as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full eBay Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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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