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The Retail industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.6%. Laggards within the Retail industry included

Acorn International

(

ATV

), down 9.4%,

New York & Company

(

NWY

), down 2.5%,

dELiA*s

(

DLIA

), down 2.5%,

Shoe Carnival

(

SCVL

), down 1.9% and

Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores

(

SHOS

), down 2.5%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

dELiA*s

(

DLIA

) is one of the companies that pushed the Retail industry lower today. dELiA*s was down $0.02 (2.5%) to $0.68 on light volume. Throughout the day, 404,823 shares of dELiA*s exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,020,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.68-$0.70 after having opened the day at $0.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.70.

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 $49.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 20.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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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, weak operating cash flow and generally high debt management risk.

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 significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Internet & Catalog Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 67.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$10.67 million to -$17.84 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 currently extremely low, coming in at 11.98%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -50.52% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$11.55 million or 198.94% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • DLIA's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.69 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 0.28 is very low and demonstrates very weak liquidity.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

dELiA*s Ratings Report

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At the close,

New York & Company

(

NWY

) was down $0.10 (2.5%) to $3.97 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 302,635 shares of New York & Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 153,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.97-$4.12 after having opened the day at $4.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.07.

New York & Company, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of women's fashion apparel and accessories in the United States. New York & Company has a market cap of $258.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 6.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate New York & Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

New York & Company

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on NWY go as follows:

  • The share price of NEW YORK & CO INC has not done very well: it is down 9.17% 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. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.
  • 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 Specialty Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 117.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.59 million to -$0.28 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Specialty Retail industry and the overall market, NEW YORK & CO INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for NEW YORK & CO INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 31.47%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -0.12% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to -$18.88 million or 1.96% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 1.96%, NEW YORK & CO INC is in line with the industry average cash flow growth rate of -8.51%.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

New York & Company Ratings Report

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Acorn International

(

ATV

) was another company that pushed the Retail industry lower today. Acorn International was down $0.17 (9.4%) to $1.63 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11,459 shares of Acorn International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.57-$1.79 after having opened the day at $1.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.80.

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 $49.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 16.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Acorn International

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, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ATV go as follows:

  • ACORN INTERNATIONAL INC -ADR 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, ACORN INTERNATIONAL INC -ADR reported poor results of -$1.45 versus -$0.59 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 Internet & Catalog Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 47.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$9.38 million to -$13.79 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, ACORN INTERNATIONAL INC -ADR's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 26.32%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 70.00% compared to the year-earlier 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 4.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 39.5%. 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:

Acorn International Ratings Report

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