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All three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 212 points (1.2%) at 17,885 as of Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,364 issues advancing vs. 754 declining with 102 unchanged.

The Specialty Retail industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.0%. Top gainers within the Specialty Retail industry included

Dover Saddlery

(

DOVR

), up 6.2%,

Birks Group

(

BGI

), up 5.8%,

Lentuo International

(

LAS

), up 6.1%,

Charles & Colvard

(

CTHR

), up 6.7% and

West Marine

(

WMAR

), up 2.8%.

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

Charles & Colvard

(

CTHR

) is one of the companies that pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today. Charles & Colvard was up $0.11 (6.7%) to $1.75 on light volume. Throughout the day, 33,762 shares of Charles & Colvard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 111,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.60-$1.87 after having opened the day at $1.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.64.

Charles & Colvard, Ltd. manufactures, markets, and distributes moissanite jewels and finished jewelry featuring moissanite worldwide. Charles & Colvard has a market cap of $38.1 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 10.9% 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.

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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 57.80%, 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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At the close,

Lentuo International

(

LAS

) was up $0.04 (6.1%) to $0.75 on average volume. Throughout the day, 180,145 shares of Lentuo International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 214,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.68-$0.77 after having opened the day at $0.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.71.

Lentuo International Inc. operates automobile franchise dealerships in the People's Republic of China. Lentuo International has a market cap of $23.1 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 18.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 attractive valuation levels, notable return on equity and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LAS go as follows:

  • LENTUO INTERNATIONAL -ADR reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. 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.
  • LAS, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 9.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 13.1%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to not be hurting the bottom line, shown by stable earnings per share.
  • LAS'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 77.20%, 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 debt-to-equity ratio of 1.25 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 0.26, 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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Dover Saddlery

(

DOVR

) was another company that pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today. Dover Saddlery was up $0.28 (6.2%) to $4.78 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,309 shares of Dover Saddlery exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.52-$4.78 after having opened the day at $4.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.50.

Dover Saddlery, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer and omni-channel marketer of equestrian products in the United States. The company offers a selection of products required to own, ride, train, and compete with a horse. Dover Saddlery has a market cap of $25.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 7.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Dover Saddlery a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dover Saddlery as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. 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 unimpressive growth in net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on DOVR go as follows:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.1%. 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.
  • 40.34% is the gross profit margin for DOVER SADDLERY INC 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 0.85% trails the industry average.
  • DOVER SADDLERY INC's earnings per share declined by 50.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, DOVER SADDLERY INC reported lower earnings of $0.27 versus $0.31 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 52.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.44 million to $0.21 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Dover Saddlery Ratings Report

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