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What: Shares of specialty retailer The Container Store Group (NYSE:TCS) surged on Thursday despite no apparent news. At 11:15 a.m. EDT, the stock was up about 13%.

So what: The Container Store stock has been volatile in recent months, with two quarterly reports so far this year each moving the stock in different directions. The company's fiscal third-quarter report in January was a disaster, with analyst estimates missed on all fronts. This led to a steep decline in the stock price, creating a new all-time low in the process.

Results for the fourth quarter were mixed, but a slight rise in comparable-store sales was enough for investors to send the stock soaring. Those gains haven't stuck, though, with the stock near its lowest point since February prior to today's jump.

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Now what: The Container Store has lost 85% of its value since the company went public in late 2013, and at this point it trades for around one-third of sales. This creates a lot of potential if the company can improve profitability, but its record in that area doesn't inspire much confidence. Sometimes heavily beaten-down stocks rally for no apparent reason, and that seems to be what's happening with The Container Store today.

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