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

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 7 points (0.0%) at 17,673 as of Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,090 issues advancing vs. 2,000 declining with 134 unchanged.

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

DGSE Companies

(

DGSE

), up 1.8%,

China Auto Logistics

(

CALI

), up 11.8%,

CSS Industries

(

CSS

), up 2.1%,

1-800 Flowers.com

(

FLWS

), up 7.2% and

Cnova

(

CNV

), up 2.5%.

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

1-800 Flowers.com

(

FLWS

) is one of the companies that pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today. 1-800 Flowers.com was up $0.64 (7.2%) to $9.57 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 513,707 shares of 1-800 Flowers.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 241,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $8.86-$9.59 after having opened the day at $8.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.93.

1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. operates a florist and gift shop in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Consumer Floral, Gourmet Food and Gift Baskets, and BloomNet Wire Service. 1-800 Flowers.com has a market cap of $247.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 8.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate 1-800 Flowers.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

1-800 Flowers.com

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on FLWS go as follows:

  • FLWS's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 2.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 53.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Internet & Catalog Retail industry. The net income increased by 154.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $18.03 million to $45.80 million.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 151.85% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 79.36% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, FLWS should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • 1-800-FLOWERS.COM reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Stable earnings per share over the past year indicate the company has sound management over its earnings and share float. We anticipate these figures will begin to experience more growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM's EPS of $0.23 remained unchanged from the prior years' EPS of $0.23. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.47 versus $0.23).

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

1-800 Flowers.com Ratings Report

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At the close,

CSS Industries

(

CSS

) was up $0.61 (2.1%) to $29.43 on average volume. Throughout the day, 21,561 shares of CSS Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 22,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $28.68-$29.54 after having opened the day at $28.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.82.

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 $259.3 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. 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.
  • 36.42% is the gross profit margin for CSS INDUSTRIES INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 9.30% is above that of the industry average.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 8.1%. 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

CSS Industries Ratings Report

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China Auto Logistics

(

CALI

) was another company that pushed the Specialty Retail industry higher today. China Auto Logistics was up $0.15 (11.8%) to $1.40 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 95,546 shares of China Auto Logistics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.20-$1.55 after having opened the day at $1.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.25.

China Auto Logistics Inc. sells and trades in imported automobiles in the People's Republic of China. China Auto Logistics has a market cap of $5.1 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 17.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China Auto Logistics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates China Auto Logistics 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 CALI go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 4.17 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. To add to this, CALI has a quick ratio of 0.64, 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, CHINA AUTO LOGISTICS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CHINA AUTO LOGISTICS INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 1.22%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -1.91% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$23.88 million or 1049.58% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • CHINA AUTO LOGISTICS INC 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 reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, CHINA AUTO LOGISTICS INC reported lower earnings of $0.16 versus $0.67 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

China Auto Logistics Ratings Report

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