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The Retail industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Laggards within the Retail industry included

QKL Stores

(

QKLS

), down 1.9%,

Gordman's Stores

(

GMAN

), down 1.6%,

dELiA*s

(

DLIA

), down 8.5%,

Pacific Sunwear

(

PSUN

), down 18.2% and

Destination XL Group

(

DXLG

), down 4.4%.

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 $0.06 (8.5%) to $0.67 on light volume. Throughout the day, 479,755 shares of dELiA*s exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 833,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.67-$0.77 after having opened the day at $0.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.73.

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 $51.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 16.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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,

Gordman's Stores

(

GMAN

) was down $0.07 (1.6%) to $4.29 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 169,646 shares of Gordman's Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 104,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.20-$4.40 after having opened the day at $4.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.36.

Gordmans Stores, Inc. operates department stores under the Gordmans name in the United States. Its merchandise selection includes a range of apparel, footwear, and home fashions products, as well as accessories. Gordman's Stores has a market cap of $96.8 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 43.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Gordman's Stores a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Gordman's Stores

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on GMAN go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $16.15 million or 43.29% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, GORDMANS STORES INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -76.97%.
  • 37.96% is the gross profit margin for GORDMANS STORES INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of GMAN's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 1.35% trails the industry average.
  • 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 Multiline Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 65.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $7.94 million to $2.73 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. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.22, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Gordman's Stores Ratings Report

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QKL Stores

(

QKLS

) was another company that pushed the Retail industry lower today. QKL Stores was down $0.07 (1.9%) to $3.60 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,575 shares of QKL Stores exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.60-$3.69 after having opened the day at $3.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.67.

QKL Stores Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the operation of retail chain stores in the People's Republic of China. The company's supermarkets and hypermarkets sell a selection of merchandise, including groceries, fresh food, and non-food items. QKL Stores has a market cap of $5.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 12.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

QKL Stores

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally high debt management risk.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on QKLS go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for QKL STORES INC is rather low; currently it is at 16.99%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -17.12% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$41.03 million or 184.97% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • QKLS has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 13.95% from its price level of one year ago. 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.
  • QKLS's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.76 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 0.32 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 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

QKL Stores Ratings Report

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