Tiffany & Co. (TIF): Today's Featured Specialty Retail Winner

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Tiffany ( TIF) 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, Tiffany rose $1.21 (1.4%) to $86.03 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,667,122 shares of Tiffany exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,302,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $84.12-$86.80 after having opened the day at $85.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.82. Other companies within the Specialty Retail industry that increased today were: China Auto Logistics ( CALI), up 6.3%, Odyssey Marine Exploration ( OMEX), up 5.5%, Lentuo International ( LAS), up 3.8% and West Marine ( WMAR), up 3.5%.

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 8.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Tiffany a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Titan Machinery ( TITN), down 6.8%, PetSmart ( PETM), down 4.0%, Rent-A-Center ( RCII), down 2.9% and CSS Industries ( CSS), down 2.4% , were all laggards within the specialty retail industry with Signet Jewelers ( SIG) 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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