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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 186.59 points (-1.1%) at 17,427 as of Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,236 issues advancing vs. 1,880 declining with 117 unchanged.

The Retail industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.6%. Top gainers within the Retail industry included

QKL Stores

(

QKLS

), up 3.1%,

Acorn International

(

ATV

), up 2.1%,

U S Auto Parts Network

(

PRTS

), up 2.7%,

China Nepstar Chain Drugstore

(

NPD

), up 1.9% and

Gordman's Stores

(

GMAN

), up 2.3%.

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

U S Auto Parts Network

(

PRTS

) is one of the companies that pushed the Retail industry higher today. U S Auto Parts Network was up $0.06 (2.7%) to $2.29 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,751 shares of U S Auto Parts Network exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 44,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.20-$2.29 after having opened the day at $2.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.23.

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 $79.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 4.7% 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 unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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 78.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.40 million to -$2.49 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.11 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.12, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for US AUTO PARTS NETWORK INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 27.09%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -3.66% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$10.70 million or 274.71% 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 share price of US AUTO PARTS NETWORK INC has not done very well: it is down 8.68% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

U S Auto Parts Network Ratings Report

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At the close,

Acorn International

(

ATV

) was up $0.03 (2.1%) to $1.45 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,617 shares of Acorn International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.33-$1.45 after having opened the day at $1.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.42.

Acorn International, Inc., an integrated multi-platform marketing company, develops, promotes, and sells a portfolio of proprietary-branded products; and third parties products. The company operates two sales platforms, including integrated direct sales and a nationwide distribution network. Acorn International has a market cap of $39.2 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 15.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Acorn International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Acorn International as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ATV go as follows:

  • 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, ACORN INTERNATIONAL INC -ADR's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • In its most recent trading session, ATV has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • ACORN INTERNATIONAL INC -ADR has improved earnings per share by 15.4% 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, ACORN INTERNATIONAL INC -ADR reported poor results of -$1.45 versus -$0.59 in the prior year.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 12.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 44.8%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • 39.76% is the gross profit margin for ACORN INTERNATIONAL INC -ADR which we consider to be strong. Regardless of ATV's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ATV's net profit margin of -28.10% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Acorn International Ratings Report

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QKL Stores

(

QKLS

) was another company that pushed the Retail industry higher today. QKL Stores was up $0.06 (3.1%) to $2.00 on light volume. Throughout the day, 150 shares of QKL Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.00-$2.00 after having opened the day at $2.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.94.

QKL Stores Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates a supermarket chain in northeastern China and Inner Mongolia. QKL Stores has a market cap of $3.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 0.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate QKL Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates QKL Stores as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on QKLS 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 Food & Staples Retailing industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 223.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.69 million to -$5.48 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.45 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. To add to this, QKLS has a quick ratio of 0.52, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. 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 16.80%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -8.96% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to -$3.29 million or 3.71% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

QKL Stores Ratings Report

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