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Two out of the three major indices traded up today 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 10.22 points (-0.1%) at 17,540 as of Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,528 issues advancing vs. 1,554 declining with 135 unchanged.

The Specialty Retail industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.3%. Top gainers within the Specialty Retail industry included

Charles & Colvard

(

CTHR

), up 10.7%,

Cencosud

(

CNCO

), up 2.3%,

Rush

(

RUSHB

), up 4.0%,

CSS Industries

(

CSS

), up 2.5% and

XO Group

(

XOXO

), up 2.4%.

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

Rush

(

RUSHB

) is one of the companies that pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today. Rush was up $0.89 (4.0%) to $23.39 on average volume. Throughout the day, 30,589 shares of Rush exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 28,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $22.71-$23.45 after having opened the day at $22.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.50.

Rush Enterprises, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated retailer of commercial vehicles and related services in the United States. The company operates a network of commercial vehicle dealerships under the Rush Truck Centers name. Rush has a market cap of $230.1 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 20.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Rush a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Rush as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RUSHB go as follows:

  • RUSHB's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 4.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.5%. 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.
  • RUSH ENTERPRISES INC' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, RUSH ENTERPRISES INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.96 versus $1.22 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 6.4% in earnings ($1.84 versus $1.96).
  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.88 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.20, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for RUSH ENTERPRISES INC is rather low; currently it is at 15.61%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.47% trails that of the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Rush Ratings Report

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At the close,

Cencosud

(

CNCO

) was up $0.14 (2.3%) to $6.27 on light volume. Throughout the day, 21,911 shares of Cencosud exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 57,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.11-$6.34 after having opened the day at $6.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.13.

Cencosud S.A., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a multi-brand retailer in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Colombia. Cencosud has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 20.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Cencosud a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Cencosud as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CNCO go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.77, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.40 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • CNCO, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 3.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 6.3%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for CENCOSUD SA is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 28.37%. Regardless of CNCO'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 0.82% trails the industry average.
  • CENCOSUD SA's earnings per share declined by 50.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CENCOSUD SA reported lower earnings of $0.28 versus $0.50 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 69.6% in earnings ($0.09 versus $0.28).
  • 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 Food & Staples Retailing industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 45.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $65.11 million to $35.21 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Cencosud Ratings Report

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Charles & Colvard

(

CTHR

) was another company that pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today. Charles & Colvard was up $0.16 (10.7%) to $1.66 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 81,970 shares of Charles & Colvard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.53-$1.70 after having opened the day at $1.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.50.

Charles & Colvard, Ltd. manufactures, markets, and distributes moissanite jewels and finished jewelry featuring moissanite worldwide. Charles & Colvard has a market cap of $29.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 18.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Charles & Colvard a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Charles & Colvard as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CTHR 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 Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 57.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.06 million to -$1.68 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 Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry and the overall market, CHARLES & COLVARD LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 30.89%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 60.00% 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.
  • CHARLES & COLVARD LTD has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. 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, CHARLES & COLVARD LTD reported poor results of -$0.65 versus -$0.05 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.16 versus -$0.65).
  • 44.79% is the gross profit margin for CHARLES & COLVARD LTD which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -20.04% is in-line with the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Charles & Colvard Ratings Report

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