Five Below Inc (FIVE): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Laggard

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Five Below ( FIVE) pushed the Specialty Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Specialty Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Five Below fell $1.23 (-2.9%) to $41.49 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,451,367 shares of Five Below exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,169,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $41.00-$42.33 after having opened the day at $42.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.72. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that declined today were: TravelCenters of America ( TA), down 3.4%, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 2.4%, Odyssey Marine Exploration ( OMEX), down 2.2% and Perfumania Holdings ( PERF), down 1.8%.

Five Below, Inc. operates as a specialty value retailer in the United States. The company offers various products priced at $5 and below. Five Below has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Five Below a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Five Below as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including premium valuation and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Pantry ( PTRY), up 6.7%, Barnes & Noble ( BKS), up 5.4%, Staples ( SPLS), up 4.9% and Container Store Group ( TCS), up 4.5% , were all gainers within the specialty retail industry with Cabela's ( CAB) 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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