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One out of the three major indices traded up today The three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 6.62 points (0.0%) at 17,862 as of Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,395 issues advancing vs. 1,696 declining with 137 unchanged.

The Retail industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Top gainers within the Retail industry included

Haverty Furniture Companies

(

HVT.A

), up 2.2%,

Alon Blue Square Israel

(

BSI

), up 6.6%,

Acorn International

(

ATV

), up 2.5%,

Appliance Recycling Centers Of America

(

ARCI

), up 2.1% and

U S Auto Parts Network

(

PRTS

), up 8.1%.

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

U S Auto Parts Network

(

PRTS

) is one of the companies that pushed the Retail industry higher today. U S Auto Parts Network was up $0.21 (8.1%) to $2.81 on average volume. Throughout the day, 38,136 shares of U S Auto Parts Network exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 33,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.61-$2.87 after having opened the day at $2.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.60.

U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an online retailer of automotive aftermarket parts and accessories primarily in the United States, Canada, and the Philippines. It operates in two segments, Base USAP and AutoMD. U S Auto Parts Network has a market cap of $84.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 11.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate U S Auto Parts Network a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates U S Auto Parts Network as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PRTS go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Internet & Catalog Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 78.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.40 million to -$2.49 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.11 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.12, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for US AUTO PARTS NETWORK INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 27.09%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -3.66% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$10.70 million or 274.71% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Internet & Catalog Retail industry and the overall market, US AUTO PARTS NETWORK INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

U S Auto Parts Network Ratings Report

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At the close,

Appliance Recycling Centers Of America

(

ARCI

) was up $0.06 (2.1%) to $2.97 on light volume. Throughout the day, 104 shares of Appliance Recycling Centers Of America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.97-$2.97 after having opened the day at $2.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.91.

Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, sells new household appliances through a chain of company-owned retail stores under the ApplianceSmart name. The company operates in two segments, Recycling and Retail. Appliance Recycling Centers Of America has a market cap of $16.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Appliance Recycling Centers Of America a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Appliance Recycling Centers Of America as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ARCI go as follows:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 7.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.3%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.81, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.75 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • The gross profit margin for APPLIANCE RECYCLING CTR AMER is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 26.86%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.65% trails that of the industry average.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Specialty Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 51.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.13 million to $0.56 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Appliance Recycling Centers Of America Ratings Report

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Acorn International

(

ATV

) was another company that pushed the Retail industry higher today. Acorn International was up $0.03 (2.5%) to $1.22 on average volume. Throughout the day, 14,460 shares of Acorn International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.20-$1.30 after having opened the day at $1.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.19.

Acorn International, Inc., an integrated multi-platform marketing company, develops, promotes, and sells a portfolio of proprietary-branded products; and third parties products. The company operates two sales platforms, including integrated direct sales and a nationwide distribution network. Acorn International has a market cap of $32.8 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 29.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Acorn International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Acorn International as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ATV go as follows:

  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Internet & Catalog Retail industry and the overall market, ACORN INTERNATIONAL INC -ADR's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • ATV's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 26.36%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • ACORN INTERNATIONAL INC -ADR has improved earnings per share by 15.4% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ACORN INTERNATIONAL INC -ADR reported poor results of -$1.45 versus -$0.59 in the prior year.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 2.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 44.8%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • 39.76% is the gross profit margin for ACORN INTERNATIONAL INC -ADR which we consider to be strong. Regardless of ATV's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ATV's net profit margin of -28.10% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Acorn International Ratings Report

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