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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 173.45 points (-1.1%) at 16,142 as of Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,470 issues advancing vs. 1,677 declining with 92 unchanged.

The Retail industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.8%. Top gainers within the Retail industry included

ALCO Stores

(

ALCS

), up 9.0%,

dELiA*s

(

DLIA

), up 3.4%,

U S Auto Parts Network

(

PRTS

), up 4.9%,

Gaiam

(

GAIA

), up 6.5% and

Village Super Market

(

VLGEA

), up 3.5%.

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

Gaiam

(

GAIA

) is one of the companies that pushed the Retail industry higher today. Gaiam was up $0.46 (6.5%) to $7.49 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 157,943 shares of Gaiam exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.78-$7.49 after having opened the day at $7.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.03.

Gaiam has a market cap of $126.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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At the close,

U S Auto Parts Network

(

PRTS

) was up $0.13 (4.9%) to $2.79 on light volume. Throughout the day, 27,242 shares of U S Auto Parts Network exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 66,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.59-$2.79 after having opened the day at $2.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.66.

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. It operates in two segments, Base USAP and AutoMD. U S Auto Parts Network has a market cap of $88.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 7.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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.

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TheStreet Ratings rates U S Auto Parts Network as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins and generally high debt management risk.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PRTS go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for US AUTO PARTS NETWORK INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 27.16%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -2.83% trails that of the industry average.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.48, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 0.18 is very low and demonstrates very weak liquidity.
  • 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 910.42% to $3.27 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, US AUTO PARTS NETWORK INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -0.03%.
  • This stock has increased by 29.79% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the future course of this stock, we feel that the risks involved in investing in PRTS do not compensate for any future upside potential, despite the fact that it has seen nice gains over the past 12 months.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

U S Auto Parts Network Ratings Report

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dELiA*s

(

DLIA

) was another company that pushed the Retail industry higher today. dELiA*s was up $0.00 (3.4%) to $0.13 on light volume. Throughout the day, 389,748 shares of dELiA*s exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,024,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.12-$0.14 after having opened the day at $0.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.12.

dELiA*s, Inc. operates as a multi-channel retail company, primarily marketing to teenage girls in the United States. The company sells various product categories to consumers through its Website, direct mail catalogs, and retail stores. dELiA*s has a market cap of $10.1 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 84.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate dELiA*s a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates dELiA*s as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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 DLIA go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and greatly underperformed compared to the Internet & Catalog Retail industry average. The net income has decreased by 12.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$12.10 million to -$13.59 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 Internet & Catalog Retail industry and the overall market, DELIAS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for DELIAS INC is rather low; currently it is at 24.91%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -52.82% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • DLIA'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 87.50%, 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.
  • DELIAS INC has improved earnings per share by 40.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. 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, DELIAS INC reported poor results of -$1.30 versus -$0.73 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

dELiA*s Ratings Report

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