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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 55.52 points (-0.3%) at 17,690 as of Friday, July 31, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,938 issues advancing vs. 1,140 declining with 130 unchanged.

The Retail industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.2%. Top gainers within the Retail industry included

U S Auto Parts Network

(

PRTS

), up 1.6%,

CVSL

(

CVSL

), up 2.0%,

Sears Canada

(

SRSC

), up 4.0%,

Cencosud

(

CNCO

), up 2.1% and

Fairway Group Holdings

(

FWM

), up 2.7%.

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

Cencosud

(

CNCO

) is one of the companies that pushed the Retail industry higher today. Cencosud was up $0.13 (2.1%) to $6.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 54,307 shares of Cencosud exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 56,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.21-$6.43 after having opened the day at $6.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.17.

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 $6.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 19.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Cencosud a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Cencosud as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, 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 CNCO go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.77, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.40 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • CNCO, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 3.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 6.3%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for CENCOSUD SA is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 28.37%. Regardless of CNCO'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 0.82% trails the industry average.
  • CENCOSUD SA's earnings per share declined by 50.0% 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, CENCOSUD SA reported lower earnings of $0.28 versus $0.50 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 69.6% in earnings ($0.09 versus $0.28).
  • 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 45.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $65.11 million to $35.21 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Cencosud Ratings Report

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At the close,

CVSL

(

CVSL

) was up $0.03 (2.0%) to $1.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 39,444 shares of CVSL exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 108,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.41-$1.51 after having opened the day at $1.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.48.

CVSL Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in direct-selling business in the United States and internationally. CVSL has a market cap of $52.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 83.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates CVSL a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates CVSL as a

sell

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CVSL 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 Internet & Catalog Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 55.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$3.14 million to -$4.87 million.
  • 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. To add to this, CVSL has a quick ratio of 0.52, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to -$1.61 million or 5.77% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • CVSL'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 92.02%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. 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 34.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 21.4%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

CVSL Ratings Report

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U S Auto Parts Network

(

PRTS

) was another company that pushed the Retail industry higher today. U S Auto Parts Network was up $0.04 (1.6%) to $2.28 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 116,076 shares of U S Auto Parts Network exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 58,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.27-$2.34 after having opened the day at $2.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.25.

U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an online retailer of automotive aftermarket parts and accessories primarily in the United States, Canada, and the Philippines. The company operates through two segments, Base USAP and AutoMD. U S Auto Parts Network has a market cap of $74.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 6.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate U S Auto Parts Network a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates U S Auto Parts Network as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PRTS 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 Internet & Catalog Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 129.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.20 million to -$0.06 million.
  • The gross profit margin for US AUTO PARTS NETWORK INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 28.12%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -0.07% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $4.55 million or 44.11% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Internet & Catalog Retail industry and the overall market, US AUTO PARTS NETWORK INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • This stock's share value has moved by only 26.29% over the past year. 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

U S Auto Parts Network Ratings Report

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Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer.