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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 60.59 points (-0.3%) at 17,824 as of Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,145 issues advancing vs. 1,963 declining with 115 unchanged.

The Specialty Retail industry as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.3%. Top gainers within the Specialty Retail industry included

China Auto Logistics

(

CALI

), up 2.4%,

Birks Group

(

BGI

), up 7.1%,

CSS Industries

(

CSS

), up 1.8%,

Cnova

(

CNV

), up 3.5% and

Outerwall

(

OUTR

), up 6.3%.

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

Cnova

(

CNV

) is one of the companies that pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today. Cnova was up $0.21 (3.5%) to $6.15 on light volume. Throughout the day, 173,996 shares of Cnova exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 690,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.72-$6.19 after having opened the day at $5.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.94.

Cnova has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 28.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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At the close,

CSS Industries

(

CSS

) was up $0.53 (1.8%) to $30.50 on average volume. Throughout the day, 19,283 shares of CSS Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 22,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $30.07-$30.77 after having opened the day at $30.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.97.

CSS Industries, Inc., a consumer products company, is engaged in the design, manufacture, procurement, distribution, and sale of various occasion and seasonal social expression products primarily to mass market retailers primarily in the United States and Canada. CSS Industries has a market cap of $274.9 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 8.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate CSS Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

CSS Industries

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CSS go as follows:

  • CSS 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. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.69, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • 36.42% is the gross profit margin for CSS INDUSTRIES INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 9.30% is above that of the industry average.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 8.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 1.2%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

CSS Industries Ratings Report

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China Auto Logistics

(

CALI

) was another company that pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today. China Auto Logistics was up $0.03 (2.4%) to $1.26 on average volume. Throughout the day, 26,565 shares of China Auto Logistics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.21-$1.49 after having opened the day at $1.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.23.

China Auto Logistics Inc. sells and trades in imported automobiles in the People's Republic of China. China Auto Logistics has a market cap of $5.6 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 30.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China Auto Logistics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates China Auto Logistics as a

sell

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CALI go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 4.17 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. To add to this, CALI has a quick ratio of 0.64, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 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, CHINA AUTO LOGISTICS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CHINA AUTO LOGISTICS INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 1.22%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -1.91% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$23.88 million or 1049.58% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • CHINA AUTO LOGISTICS INC 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. During the past fiscal year, CHINA AUTO LOGISTICS INC reported lower earnings of $0.16 versus $0.67 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

China Auto Logistics Ratings Report

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