All three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 242 points (1.4%) at 17,615 as of Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,351 issues advancing vs. 737 declining with 111 unchanged.

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

Alon Blue Square Israel

(

BSI

), up 13.2%,

Appliance Recycling Centers Of America

(

ARCI

), up 5.4%,

QKL Stores

(

QKLS

), up 5.6%,

Sears Canada

(

SRSC

), up 3.7% and

Cencosud

(

CNCO

), up 4.7%.

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 $0.28 (4.7%) to $6.22 on average volume. Throughout the day, 61,780 shares of Cencosud exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 55,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.98-$6.22 after having opened the day at $6.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.94.

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 $5.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 22.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 4.2%. 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 70.3% in earnings ($0.08 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,

QKL Stores

(

QKLS

) was up $0.09 (5.6%) to $1.69 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,815 shares of QKL Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.66-$1.75 after having opened the day at $1.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.60.

QKL Stores Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates a supermarket chain in northeastern China and Inner Mongolia. QKL Stores has a market cap of $2.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 17.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate QKL Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates QKL Stores 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 QKLS go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 3.65 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. To add to this, QKLS has a quick ratio of 0.51, 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 Food & Staples Retailing industry and the overall market, QKL STORES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for QKL STORES INC is rather low; currently it is at 16.49%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -4.95% trails that of the industry average.
  • QKL STORES INC's earnings per share declined by 49.8% 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, QKL STORES INC reported poor results of -$17.71 versus -$9.23 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 50.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$3.06 million to -$4.58 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

QKL Stores Ratings Report

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Appliance Recycling Centers Of America

(

ARCI

) was another company that pushed the Retail industry higher today. Appliance Recycling Centers Of America was up $0.07 (5.4%) to $1.36 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,750 shares of Appliance Recycling Centers Of America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.35-$1.36 after having opened the day at $1.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.29.

Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, sells and recycles new household appliances through a chain of company-owned retail stores under the ApplianceSmart name. The company operates in two segments, Recycling and Retail. Appliance Recycling Centers Of America has a market cap of $8.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 53.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Appliance Recycling Centers Of America a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Appliance Recycling Centers Of America 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 ARCI go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.23 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. To add to this, ARCI has a quick ratio of 0.54, 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, APPLIANCE RECYCLING CTR AMER's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for APPLIANCE RECYCLING CTR AMER is rather low; currently it is at 22.51%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -6.17% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $1.07 million or 59.30% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • APPLIANCE RECYCLING CTR AMER 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 suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, APPLIANCE RECYCLING CTR AMER reported lower earnings of $0.12 versus $0.57 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Appliance Recycling Centers Of America Ratings Report

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