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All three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 225 points (1.3%) at 17,417 as of Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,093 issues advancing vs. 1,001 declining with 116 unchanged.

The Specialty Retail industry as a whole closed the day up 1.3% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.0%. Top gainers within the Specialty Retail industry included

Charles & Colvard

(

CTHR

), up 3.5%,

Cencosud

(

CNCO

), up 3.2%,

CSS Industries

(

CSS

), up 2.3%,

West Marine

(

WMAR

), up 3.6% and

Winmark

(

WINA

), up 1.7%.

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

CSS Industries

(

CSS

) is one of the companies that pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today. CSS Industries was up $0.64 (2.3%) to $28.14 on light volume. Throughout the day, 12,198 shares of CSS Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 21,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $27.42-$28.15 after having opened the day at $27.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.50.

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 $254.2 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 0.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 and attractive valuation levels. 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.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 8.7%. 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.
  • CSS INDUSTRIES INC's earnings per share declined by 11.9% 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, CSS INDUSTRIES INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.97 versus $1.62 in the prior year.
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Household Durables industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 11.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $11.01 million to $9.77 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

CSS Industries Ratings Report

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At the close,

Cencosud

(

CNCO

) was up $0.21 (3.2%) to $6.73 on light volume. Throughout the day, 45,834 shares of Cencosud exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 66,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.48-$6.76 after having opened the day at $6.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.52.

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 $5.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 15.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Cencosud a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Cencosud as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, unimpressive growth in net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CNCO go as follows:

  • CNCO, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 1.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 21.8%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • CENCOSUD SA's earnings per share declined by 20.0% in the most recent quarter compared to 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, CENCOSUD SA reported lower earnings of $0.53 versus $0.68 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 Food & Staples Retailing industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 54.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $87.12 million to $39.29 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 $0.06 (3.5%) to $1.76 on light volume. Throughout the day, 54,230 shares of Charles & Colvard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 107,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.66-$1.79 after having opened the day at $1.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.70.

Charles & Colvard, Ltd. manufactures, markets, and distributes moissanite jewels and finished jewelry featuring moissanite worldwide. Charles & Colvard has a market cap of $36.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CTHR go as follows:

  • 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. 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, CHARLES & COLVARD LTD swung to a loss, reporting -$0.05 versus $0.22 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 960.0% in earnings (-$0.53 versus -$0.05).
  • 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 153.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.21 million to -$3.07 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.
  • The gross profit margin for CHARLES & COLVARD LTD is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 33.75%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -67.80% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 65.12%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 150.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. 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:

Charles & Colvard Ratings Report

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