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All three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 16,756 as of Friday, June 13, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,626 issues advancing vs. 1,329 declining with 172 unchanged.

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

Odyssey Marine Exploration

(

OMEX

), up 2.7%,

XO Group

(

XOXO

), up 2.1%,

Barnes & Noble

(

BKS

), up 2.1% and

Jumei International Holding Ltd ADR

(

JMEI

), up 3.3%.

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

Barnes & Noble

(

BKS

) is one of the companies that pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today. Barnes & Noble was up $0.42 (2.1%) to $20.75 on light volume. Throughout the day, 619,330 shares of Barnes & Noble exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,495,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $20.26-$20.80 after having opened the day at $20.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.33.

Barnes & Noble has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 36.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on BKS go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Barnes & Noble Ratings Report

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At the close,

XO Group

(

XOXO

) was up $0.24 (2.1%) to $11.84 on average volume. Throughout the day, 161,775 shares of XO Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 165,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $11.62-$12.00 after having opened the day at $11.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.59.

XO Group Inc., a consumer Internet and media company, provides multiplatform media services to the wedding, nesting, and first-time pregnancy markets in the United States. XO Group has a market cap of $313.9 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 22.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate XO Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates XO Group as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on XOXO go as follows:

  • XOXO's revenue growth trails the industry average of 21.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.1%. 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.
  • XOXO 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 3.15, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for XO GROUP INC is currently very high, coming in at 86.24%. 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 -2.08% is in-line with the industry average.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, XO GROUP INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.96 million or 555.71% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

XO Group Ratings Report

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Odyssey Marine Exploration

(

OMEX

) was another company that pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today. Odyssey Marine Exploration was up $0.04 (2.7%) to $1.50 on light volume. Throughout the day, 302,219 shares of Odyssey Marine Exploration exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 879,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.45-$1.54 after having opened the day at $1.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.46.

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the archaeologically sensitive exploration and recovery of deep-ocean shipwrecks worldwide. Odyssey Marine Exploration has a market cap of $125.5 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 27.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Odyssey Marine Exploration a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Odyssey Marine Exploration as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on OMEX 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 Professional Services industry. The net income has decreased by 1.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$9.67 million to -$9.80 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.03 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. To add to this, OMEX has a quick ratio of 0.51, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • OMEX'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 57.40%, which is also worse than the performance of the S&P 500 Index. 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 revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 12.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 34.4%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to not be hurting the bottom line, shown by stable earnings per share.
  • Compared to other companies in the Professional Services industry and the overall market, ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Odyssey Marine Exploration Ratings Report

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