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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 47.51 points (-0.3%) at 17,551 as of Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,368 issues advancing vs. 1,676 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Retail industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.2%. Top gainers within the Retail industry included

Sears Canada

(

SRSC

), up 5.4%,

New York & Company

(

NWY

), up 3.1%,

Pacific Sunwear

(

PSUN

), up 1.7%,

LightInTheBox

(

LITB

), up 3.9% and

Destination Maternity

(

DEST

), up 4.9%.

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

LightInTheBox

(

LITB

) is one of the companies that pushed the Retail industry higher today. LightInTheBox was up $0.14 (3.9%) to $3.77 on light volume. Throughout the day, 133,766 shares of LightInTheBox exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 239,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.65-$4.07 after having opened the day at $3.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.63.

LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd., through its subsidiaries, operates as an online retail company. LightInTheBox has a market cap of $193.2 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 42.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate LightInTheBox a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates LightInTheBox as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LITB 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 134.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$9.23 million to -$21.60 million.
  • 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, LIGHTINTHEBOX HLDG -ADR's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for LIGHTINTHEBOX HLDG -ADR is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 34.56%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -24.65% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$9.86 million or 196.74% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 33.67%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 136.84% compared to the year-earlier 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

LightInTheBox Ratings Report

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At the close,

Pacific Sunwear

(

PSUN

) was up $0.01 (1.7%) to $0.63 on light volume. Throughout the day, 208,314 shares of Pacific Sunwear exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 576,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.62-$0.65 after having opened the day at $0.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.62.

Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer in the action sports, fashion, and music influences of the California lifestyle. Pacific Sunwear has a market cap of $44.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 71.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Pacific Sunwear a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Pacific Sunwear as a

sell

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PSUN go as follows:

  • PSUN'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 64.59%, 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.
  • The gross profit margin for PACIFIC SUNWEAR CALIF INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 29.96%. Regardless of PSUN's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -2.09% trails the industry average.
  • PSUN, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 8.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.7%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to -$4.32 million or 8.88% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, PACIFIC SUNWEAR CALIF INC's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 29.72%.
  • PACIFIC SUNWEAR CALIF INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, PACIFIC SUNWEAR CALIF INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.44 versus -$0.70 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.24 versus -$0.44).

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Pacific Sunwear Ratings Report

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New York & Company

(

NWY

) was another company that pushed the Retail industry higher today. New York & Company was up $0.07 (3.1%) to $2.30 on light volume. Throughout the day, 60,855 shares of New York & Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 135,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.25-$2.33 after having opened the day at $2.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.23.

New York & Company, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of women's fashion apparel and accessories in the United States. New York & Company has a market cap of $144.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 15.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate New York & Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates New York & Company as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on NWY 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 Specialty Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1556.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.28 million to -$4.67 million.
  • 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 Specialty Retail industry and the overall market, NEW YORK & CO INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for NEW YORK & CO INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 31.61%. Regardless of NWY's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -2.09% trails the industry average.
  • NEW YORK & CO INC's earnings have gone downhill when comparing its most recently reported quarter with the same quarter a year earlier. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, NEW YORK & CO INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.26 versus $0.05 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.10 versus -$0.26).
  • This stock's share value has moved by only 31.58% over the past year. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

New York & Company Ratings Report

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