All three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 57 points (0.3%) at 17,459 as of Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,426 issues advancing vs. 1,512 declining with 179 unchanged.

The Retail industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Top gainers within the Retail industry included

Appliance Recycling Centers Of America

(

ARCI

), up 17.1%,

QKL Stores

(

QKLS

), up 3.2%,

CVSL

(

CVSL

), up 5.7%,

Sears Canada

(

SRSC

), up 3.4% and

Gordman's Stores

(

GMAN

), up 3.7%.

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

CVSL

(

CVSL

) is one of the companies that pushed the Retail industry higher today. CVSL was up $0.08 (5.7%) to $1.48 on light volume. Throughout the day, 19,127 shares of CVSL exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 84,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.37-$1.49 after having opened the day at $1.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.40.

CVSL Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in direct-selling business in the United States and internationally. CVSL has a market cap of $47.8 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 84.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 91.76%, 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 33.5%. 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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At the close,

QKL Stores

(

QKLS

) was up $0.06 (3.2%) to $1.76 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,466 shares of QKL Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.60-$1.98 after having opened the day at $1.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.71.

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 12.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 $0.20 (17.1%) to $1.37 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 33,478 shares of Appliance Recycling Centers Of America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.35-$1.56 after having opened the day at $1.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.17.

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 $7.9 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 57.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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