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All three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 188 points (1.1%) at 17,006 as of Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,601 issues advancing vs. 503 declining with 115 unchanged.

The Specialty Retail industry as a whole closed the day up 2.0% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.2%. Top gainers within the Specialty Retail industry included

Rush

(

RUSHB

), up 3.2%,

Lentuo International

(

LAS

), up 2.3%,

West Marine

(

WMAR

), up 3.9%,

Odyssey Marine Exploration

(

OMEX

), up 3.2% and

CSS Industries

(

CSS

), up 3.6%.

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

West Marine

(

WMAR

) is one of the companies that pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today. West Marine was up $0.37 (3.9%) to $9.75 on average volume. Throughout the day, 45,309 shares of West Marine exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 57,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $9.44-$9.96 after having opened the day at $9.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.38.

West Marine, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of boating supplies, gear, apparel, footwear, and other water life-related products primarily in the United States. West Marine has a market cap of $234.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 32.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates West Marine a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates West Marine as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, 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 WMAR go as follows:

  • WMAR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 1.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.6%. 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.
  • WMAR has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.89 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • The gross profit margin for WEST MARINE INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 32.10%. Regardless of WMAR'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 2.51% trails the industry average.
  • WEST MARINE INC's earnings per share declined by 23.1% 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, WEST MARINE INC reported lower earnings of $0.29 versus $0.64 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 34.5% in earnings ($0.19 versus $0.29).
  • 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 decreased by 24.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $6.52 million to $4.94 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

West Marine Ratings Report

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At the close,

Lentuo International

(

LAS

) was up $0.03 (2.3%) to $1.32 on light volume. Throughout the day, 70,105 shares of Lentuo International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 204,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.28-$1.32 after having opened the day at $1.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.29.

Lentuo International Inc. operates automobile franchise dealerships in the People's Republic of China. Lentuo International has a market cap of $44.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 50.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Lentuo International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Lentuo International 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 unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LAS go as follows:

  • LAS's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 1.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.4%. 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.
  • LENTUO INTERNATIONAL -ADR's earnings per share declined by 41.7% 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, LENTUO INTERNATIONAL -ADR turned its bottom line around by earning $0.12 versus -$0.03 in the prior year.
  • 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 36.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $3.46 million to $2.21 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.38 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 0.29, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Lentuo International Ratings Report

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Rush

(

RUSHB

) was another company that pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today. Rush was up $0.98 (3.2%) to $31.29 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 70,922 shares of Rush exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $30.48-$31.29 after having opened the day at $30.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.31.

Rush Enterprises, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated retailer of commercial vehicles and related services in the United States. The company owns and operates a network of commercial vehicle dealerships under the Rush Truck Centers name. Rush has a market cap of $305.3 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 18.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Rush a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rush as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RUSHB go as follows:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 3.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 35.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period. Although other factors naturally played a role, the company's strong earnings growth was key. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • RUSH ENTERPRISES INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, RUSH ENTERPRISES INC reported lower earnings of $1.22 versus $1.58 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.90 versus $1.22).
  • The gross profit margin for RUSH ENTERPRISES INC is rather low; currently it is at 16.01%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.89% trails that of the industry average.
  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.78 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 0.27, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Rush Ratings Report

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